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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard and durable. However, it is not impervious to enamel erosion caused by consuming acidic foods, beverages and the natural bacteria in your mouth. Over time this process, known as demineralization can, create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel, promoting tooth decay and sensitivity issues.

Fortunately, increased exposure to fluoride serves to restore lost mineral content in tooth enamel. This effectively reverses tooth sensitivity and helps to prevent future cavities from forming.

If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, Dr. Michael Hollingsworth might suggest a basic fluoride treatment. If you have well water, or your teeth show significant signs of enamel erosion, then he might also suggest brushing your teeth once a day with a prescription grade concentrated fluoride toothpaste.

It’s best to use the toothpaste at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least half an hour. One of the most convenient ways to do this is simply to brush your teeth with the fluoride toothpaste right before you go to bed at night. This will give the fluoride time to fully saturate your teeth.

All of this is in addition to brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste that has added fluoride as part of your oral hygiene.

If you have tooth decay or sensitivity issues, and you’d like to increase your daily fluoride exposure, you should call Dr. Michael Hollingsworth’s office in St. Joseph, Missouri at 816.232.8788 to schedule an appointment.