As you go about your day, the bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and beverages you consume can weaken your tooth enamel. Over time, the resulting enamel erosion can deplete the mineral structure of your teeth, creating microscopic textures that can harbor tooth decay and lead to tooth sensitivity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore this microscopic mineral erosion in a process known as remineralization. This can strengthen tooth enamel, reverse sensitivity issues and prevent bacteria from exploiting the area and forming cavities.
If your dentist, Dr. Barry LeJeune, notices signs of enamel erosion on your teeth, he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel. This often includes getting a basic fluoride treatment, taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
If you suspect that your sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call LeJeune Family Dentistry at (757) 827-9114 to explore your fluoride treatment options in Hampton, Virginia.