Your tooth enamel is designed to protect the internal structures of your teeth, while also giving you the ability to bite off, chew and grind tough foods. It gets its amazing strength from densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. The density of these mineral crystals helps to prevent the bacteria in your mouth from forming cavities.
Unfortunately, it is possible for the acidic foods and beverages you consume, and the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth to erode some of the mineral content. This creates microscopic textures that can develop into active cavities. In time enamel erosion can even create microscopic channels through the enamel, making you prone to sensitivity issues. Exposure to fluoride helps to restore the mineral structures a microscopic amount.
If Dr. Michael Taylor notices signs of enamel erosion they might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. Using a toothpaste with added fluoride will also go a long way towards countering the effects of enamel erosion.
If you are concerned you’re developing issues with enamel erosion, you should contact Dr. Michael Taylor’s office in Boone, North Carolina at 828-264-3333 to set up an appointment.