Fluoride Can Bolster the Mineral Strength of Tooth Enamel
Your tooth enamel is made of a dense matrix of mineral crystals. This is what gives it the strength to handle biting and chewing the foods you enjoy. At the same time, the bacteria living in your mouth and the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages can deplete the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process, which is known as demineralization, can lead to tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps refortify these microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This effectively helps reverse tooth sensitivity as well as decrease your chances of developing tooth decay while you have braces.
If you’ve been struggling with multiple cavities or tooth sensitivity issues, Dr. McDevitt might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and can easily be performed at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also help strengthen your tooth enamel. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet by cutting back on acidic foods and drinks.
If you’re concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel and you’re interested in a fluoride treatment in Worthington, OH, you should call 614-888-8070 to schedule a checkup.