The mineral strength of your tooth enamel is an important factor in the overall health of your teeth. When chronic plaque acids from poor oral hygiene build up in your mouth it can deplete a microscopic amount of mineral density from your teeth. This problem could also be exacerbated by the frequent consumption of acidic beverages.
As time goes on a developing case of tooth enamel erosion can leave your teeth at increased risk for cavities, dental fractures and tooth sensitivity. In some cases, it could also weaken a dental filling.
However, it’s worth noting that exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to rejuvenate the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process which is known as remineralization can provide you stronger teeth and a reduced risk of tooth decay.
If your routine dental checkup at Barton Oaks Dental Group reveals early signs of enamel erosion our dentist might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This can be done at the end of the appointment to quickly bolster the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. If our dentists, Dr. Joseph Neeley and Associates, deem it necessary they might also include a prescription for additional fluoride supplements.
Going forward you might want to apply extra focus when brushing your teeth each morning and night. You should also make sure to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day.
If you live in the Austin, Texas, area and you are concerned about the overall strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 512-327-6947 to schedule a dental checkup and fluoride treatment at Barton Oaks Dental Group.