Tooth enamel is an incredibly hard substance that is made up of microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the ability to bite, chew and grind food. Throughout each day, the pervasive bacteria in your mouth, as well as acidic foods and beverages, can erode these minerals.
If it is not counteracted in some way, this process known as demineralization can compromise your tooth enamel enough to allow tooth decay to set in. Chronic demineralization also makes your teeth prone to tooth sensitivity.
Fortunately, Dr. Michael King can administer a fluoride treatment that introduces a potent amount of fluoride directly to your teeth. This will quickly bolster the mineral density of your tooth enamel.
In many cases of enamel erosion, it often takes added daily measure to mitigate, reverse or prevent long-term symptoms.
Cutting back on acidic foods and beverages will go a long way toward preventing additional enamel erosion. You should also brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
Your Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke dentist might also prescribe fluoride supplements, concentrated fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouthrinse to boost your fluoride exposure.
If you have questions about how you can deal with enamel erosion, you should call Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke at 703-801-6166 to develop a treatment strategy for increased fluoride exposure in Burke, Virginia.