The dense microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel provide your teeth with the hardness to bite and chew food. Tooth enamel also helps to protect the sensitive dentin, pulp and root structures of your teeth from exposure to the outside world and possible complications caused by the natural bacteria living in your mouth.
If you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, lingering plaque and other bacterial deposits in your mouth can lead to a chronic buildup of oral plaque acids. This acidic environment in can gradually start to demineralize your tooth enamel, leaving you increasingly susceptible to tooth decay, tooth sensitivity and potential dental fractures.
Exposing your teeth to trace amount of fluoride can help you maintain strong tooth enamel. Municipal water, fluoride toothpaste or fluoride fortified mouthwash are all common sources of fluoride.
If your dental checkup with our dentist reveals the early signs of tooth enamel erosion, Dr. Steven Oshins might recommend a treatment plan focused on increasing the fluoride exposure to your teeth. In many of these cases a quick fluoride treatment followed by a prescription for fluoride supplements can help to significantly remineralize your tooth enamel.
You might want to also check all your oral care products to make sure they have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
If you are in the Schenectady, New York, are and you are concerned about the health and strength of your teeth, you should call 518-356-5635 to schedule a dental checkup at Oshins Of Smiles.