Your tooth enamel is made of a matrix of mineral crystals. The density of the microscopic minerals gives your teeth the strength to bite, chew, and grind food. At the same time, it also reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity.
Consuming acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis can erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Fortunately, it can easily be counteracted by exposing your teeth to fluoride. This can strengthen tooth enamel, reverse sensitivity issues and prevent bacteria from exploiting the area to form cavities.
If your dentist, Dr. Cameron Clark, 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 receiving a basic fluoride treatment, which can be administered in our office after your twice-annual dental checkup.
For extreme cases of demineralization, he might also recommend taking a fluoride supplement like concentrated fluoride mouthrinse 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 are interested in a fluoride treatment in Kalispell, Montana, you should call (406) 752-4530 to schedule an appointment at Northwest Center for Dentistry.