As you go about your day, the bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can deplete a microscopic amount of mineral density from your tooth enamel. On a long enough timeline, this process of demineralization can create microscopic pores and textures that can foster tooth decay and create tooth sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore this microscopic mineral erosion in a process known as remineralization. This can strengthen tooth enamel, reverse sensitivity issues and prevent bacteria from exploiting the area to form cavities.
If your dentist, Dr. Mauricio Martinez, notices signs of demineralization on your tooth enamel, he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel. This often includes having a basic fluoride treatment, which can be administered in the dental office after your twice-annual dental checkup.
For extreme cases of demineralization, he might also recommend a fluoride supplement like concentrated fluoride mouth rinse or toothpaste. Adding a consumer-grade fluoride toothpaste to your daily oral hygiene routine can also help fortify tooth enamel. It might also be worth the effort to alter your choices in foods and beverages. Cutting back on soft drinks and other acidic beverages and foods can help prevent demineralization from occurring in the first place.
If you suspect that your sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Gulf Coast Smiles at 239.549.0001 to explore your fluoride treatment options in Cape Coral, Florida.