If you could look at your teeth on a microscopic level, you would find that the enamel layer of each of your teeth is made up of dense mineral crystals. As you go through the course of an average day the acidic nature of certain foods and beverages, as well as the bacteria in your mouth, can erode your tooth enamel on a microscopic level. People who have challenges with an eating disorder, are even more likely to develop enamel erosion issues.
A significant amount of research has found that enamel erosion can be countered by increased exposure to fluoride. This essentially restores a microscopic amount of the eroded mineral crystals in the tooth enamel. This process known as remineralization slowly reverses the problems caused by enamel erosion.
If you have sensitive teeth, issues with tooth decay, or otherwise show signs of enamel erosion Margaret L. Romeo, DMD might recommend a basic fluoride treatment. This might also be in conjunction with fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, please call Margaret L. Romeo, DMD to schedule an appointment.