If you could look at your tooth enamel through a powerful microscope, you would see a complex crystalline structure with mineralized textures and pores. As you go about your day the natural bacteria in your mouth as well as acidic foods and drinks can erode a microscopic amount of these minerals.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to the presence of fluoride helps to restore the microscopic minerals in your tooth enamel. Over time, increased fluoride exposure will start to counter enamel erosion and help to prevent future tooth decay and sensitivity issues.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and tooth decay related to enamel erosion, Dr. Don Schiess might recommend administering a fluoride treatment combined with daily use of prescription fluoride supplements. Professional fluoride is available in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam.
Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also help to restore the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. At the same time, you might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cut out acidic foods and beverages.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity and cavities which you suspect is linked to enamel erosion, please call Rogue Valley Family Dentistry in Medford, Oregon to explore your fluoride options.