Tooth enamel is the incredibly hard substance that gives your teeth the integrity to chew and grind food. This durability is provided by an intricate network of microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of a single day the pervasive bacteria in your mouth, as well as interaction with acidic foods and beverages you consume, can cause a minute erosion of these mineral crystals.
Left unchecked, this process known as demineralization, can weaken your tooth enamel to the degree that tooth decay can set hold. At the same time demineralization also makes you more prone to develop tooth sensitivity issues.
Dr. Amanda Lewis can administer a fluoride treatment that introduces a potent amount of fluoride directly to your teeth. At the same time there are other things you can do on a daily basis to help maintain the overall integrity of your tooth enamel.
Cutting back on consuming acidic foods and beverages, including soft drinks, will go a long way towards preventing microscopic enamel erosion. You should also brush your teeth with a brand of toothpaste that includes added fluoride and which has also earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Our dentist, Dr. Amanda Lewis can also prescribe fluoride supplements, prescription fluoride toothpaste or fluoride mouth rinse to boost your efforts every day.
If you have questions about what you can do to improve the strength of your tooth enamel, we invite you to call our team in Decatur, Illinois, at 217.877.1742 to schedule an appointment.