If you could look at your tooth enamel and see it on a microscopic level, you would find that it is composed of densely packed mineral crystals. When you consume acidic foods and drinks it can erode some of these microscopic crystals. This is compounded by the corrosive effects of the bacteria in your mouth.
If the process of demineralization is not countered on a daily basis through fluoride exposure, your teeth will become more prone to tooth decay and sensitivity problems. Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to refortify these microscopic minerals in a process known as remineralization. This effectively helps to prevent tooth sensitivity and decay.
If your teeth show signs of weakened enamel Dr. J. Whitley Wills may recommend having a routine fluoride treatment performed. The procedure is quick and often times can be performed at the end of your dental checkup. You should avoid eating or drinking afterward to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, please call Dr. Wills’s office in Memphis, Tennessee, at 901-726-9525 to ask about a fluoride treatment. We are happy to help you keep your smile healthy and confident!