Cavities can occur when the mineral density of tooth enamel is compromised by poor oral hygiene, the buildup of plaque acids, or the frequent consumption of acidic beverages. As this starts to happen the natural bacteria living in your mouth can gradually start to exploit the weakened tooth enamel.
Common symptoms can include increased tooth sensitivity problems as well as an increased chance of suffering a cavity.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps to restore some of the mineral density to your tooth enamel. This process, known as remineralization can reduce the microscopic spaces bacteria could infiltrate.
Your routine dental checkup at Dr. Christopher Bernardini’s dental office includes a thorough exam to monitor the health of your teeth and periodontal tissues. If he has any concerns about the strength of your tooth enamel he might recommend a fluoride treatment. This can easily be performed at the end of your dental checkup.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that includes added fluoride is also a great way to increase your fluoride exposure every day. It might also be wise to make some changes to your diet.
If you live in the Staten Island, New York, area and you have concerns about the strength of your teeth, you should call 718-987-4040 to schedule a dental exam and fluoride treatment at Christopher Bernardini.