Each of your teeth is clad in a layer of durable tooth enamel which gives you the ability to bite and break down the foods you eat. The tooth enamel layer also protects the sensitive dentin and pulp layers within each of your teeth.
If you sometimes struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen excess bacterial deposits can start to accumulate in your mouth. As time goes on the persistent presence of oral plaque acids can start to demineralize your teeth leading to increased risk for cavities and tooth sensitivity problems.
If your regularly scheduled dental checkup with our dentist reveals the early signs of demineralized tooth enamel, our dentist in Medford, Oregon, Dr. Don Schiess, might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. It can often be done at the end of the appointment to quickly restore some of your tooth enamel’s strength.
After the treatment it’s best to avoid eating or drinking anything for up to half an hour to allow the fluoride to fully saturate the microscopic textures of your tooth enamel.
Applying conscious focus when brushing and flossing will also go a long way toward preserving strong tooth enamel. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association. You also need to make a conscious effort to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once a day to fully remove bacterial deposits from your mouth.
If you live in the Medford, Oregon, region and you are concerned about the health and strength of your teeth, you should call 541-773-4073 to schedule a dental checkup at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry.