Human teeth are composed of several distinct layers and structures. The outermost layer of tooth enamel is created from a dense matrix of microscopic mineral crystals. This provides your teeth with the necessary structural integrity to process food, while also protecting the internal structures of your teeth from direct contact with the bacteria that live in your mouth.
If you frequently struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, the excess bacterial matter in your mouth can lead to a build up on plaque acids. When combined with the consumption of acidic beverages, your tooth enamel could be at increased risk of demineralization.
As enamel erosion continues to affect your teeth the microscopic pores on the surfaces of tooth enamel can start to expand. This can foster new cavities and contribute to tooth sensitivity problems.
If your regularly scheduled dental checkup at Trailridge Family Dental reveals signs of compromised tooth enamel, a dentist like Dr. Allan Stevenson might recommend administering a simple fluoride treatment. This can often be done at the end of the appointment to quickly restore some of your tooth enamel’s mineral density.
After the fluoride treatment you should try to avoid eating or drinking anything for up to half an hour to allow the fluoride to permeate your tooth enamel.
If you live in the Parma, Idaho, region and you are concerned about the health and strength of your teeth, you should call 208.806.0765 to schedule a dental checkup at Trailridge Family Dental.