If you could look at your teeth at a microscopic level, you would see a dense array of mineral crystals. Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume and your oral bacteria work to erode these mineral crystals to a minute degree. If left unchecked, this process of demineralization can actually weaken your tooth enamel enough to allow tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
If enamel erosion is not effectively counteracted, this process of demineralization can actually weaken your tooth enamel, creating microscopic channels through your tooth enamel to the sensitive dentin layer within. This will cause tooth sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps refortify these microscopic minerals in a process that is known as remineralization. This effectively prevents sensitivity as well as decreases your chances of developing tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities because of insufficient fluoride exposure, your dentist, Dr. McFatter, might recommend receiving a fluoride treatment or taking fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and easy and it is usually administered at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements or brushing your teeth with prescribed concentrated fluoride toothpaste can also help fortify your tooth enamel.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is also a great way to increase your fluoride exposure. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cut out acidic foods and beverages.
If you have sensitive teeth,, you should call Beachton Denture Clinic and Dental Center at 1-800-521-7275 to schedule an appointment regarding fluoride in Thomasville, Georgia.