Your tooth enamel is composed of tightly packed mineral crystals. The acidic foods and drinks you consume and the bacteria in your mouth can actually erode the density of these mineral crystals in a process known as demineralization. If this is not counteracted by some means, it will eventually weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps fortify these microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps reverse tooth sensitivity as well as decrease your chances of developing tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities from insufficient fluoride, your dentist, Dr. Grant R Young, might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and can be performed at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also strengthen your tooth enamel. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cut out acidic foods and beverages.
If you are concerned that your tooth sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Grant R Young DDS at 715-845-6222 to see how increased fluoride exposure can help your symptoms. We’re happy to tell you all about fluoride in Wausau, Wisconsin and restore your confident smile!