Demineralized Tooth Enamel Is at Increased Risk for Tooth Decay
Posted on October 31st, 2017
Your tooth enamel is composed of a complex matrix of biologically created mineral crystals. Their microscopic density is what gives your teeth the inherent strength to chew food.
If you routinely struggle to maintain consistent oral hygiene practices, plaque acids can start to build up in your mouth. This can start to demineralize or weaken the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Frequently consuming acidic beverages like orange juice and soft drinks can also contribute to tooth enamel demineralization.
If it continues to occur on a chronic basis your weakened tooth enamel could be at increased risk of suffering from cavities, and other tooth decay complications. Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride can help remineralize your tooth enamel. One fast and efficient way to bolster this effect is to have Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS administer a fluoride treatment at the end of your routine dental checkup.
After [heshe] exposes your teeth to the concentrated fluoride gel, you should avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour. This will allow the fluoride to have maximum effect. Going forward you should make sure you are brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste to help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel.
If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area and you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, you should call to schedule a checkup with fluoride treatment at McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry.
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.