Your tooth enamel is made up of microscopic mineral crystals structures. However, it is possible for poor oral hygiene and acidic foods and beverages to gradually erode the density of these minerals. If it’s not counteracted on a daily basis, this process, known as demineralization, can create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel.
Bacteria can slowly exploit these weakened areas to form an area of tooth decay, otherwise known as a cavity. It is also possible for severe enamel erosion to allow the pores in the enamel to extend into the sensitive dentin layer. This is how tooth sensitivity problems occur.
Increased exposure to fluoride restores the lost mineral content in tooth enamel. This effectively reverses tooth sensitivity and helps prevent future cavities.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, your dentist, Dr. David J. Harsant, might suggest a basic fluoride treatment. If you have well water, or if your teeth show significant signs of enamel erosion, then he might also suggest brushing your teeth once a day with a prescription-grade concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
It’s best to use the toothpaste at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour. One of the most convenient ways to do this is to brush your teeth with the fluoride toothpaste right before you go to bed at night. This will give the fluoride time to fully saturate your teeth.
Going forward you might want to reconsider your choices of acidic foods and beverages. This can help prevent demineralization issues before they have a chance to weaken the tooth enamel.
If you’ve had issues with tooth decay and sensitivity, you should call David J. Harsant, DDS, PA at 910.864.4646 to explore your fluoride supplement options in Fayetteville, North Carolina.