Your teeth have multiple layers, each serving an important purpose. The outer layer of your tooth is made up of a complex matrix of mineral crystals. This not only gives your teeth the ability to bite and chew food, but it also protects the sensitive inner tissues from the ravages of the outside world. If the mineral density of your tooth enamel is compromised by poor oral hygiene or the frequent consumption of acidic foods and beverages, it puts the overall health of your teeth at risk.
As time goes on, compromised tooth enamel can lead to tooth sensitivity issues and could even promote tooth decay. This could eventually allow bacteria access to the dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth. Should a tooth become so afflicted by decay that these structures are compromised, it could lead to the total loss of the tooth.
Fortunately, you can counteract this demineralization effect by exposing your teeth to fluoride. This helps restore the microscopic mineral density of your tooth enamel to help prevent future occurrences of tooth decay and reduce tooth sensitivity.
If Dr. Omar Damji notices signs of weakened tooth enamel during your dental checkup, they might recommend a fluoride treatment. It can be administered at the end of the checkup by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes.
You should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour after the treatment. This will allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.
Going forward, you might want to take measures to maintain strong tooth enamel. This might involve limiting your consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste could also be very helpful.
If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia, area and you’re concerned about preserving the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call 404-633-1853 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment at Executive Park Dentistry.