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Your tooth enamel is actually harder than your bones. Unfortunately, it is still possible for the bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you consume to gradually erode the microscopic minerals that form your tooth enamel.

On a long enough timeline, unchecked enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth exposing the dentin layer. This leads to increased sensitivity problems when eating hot, cold, sweet or acidic things. The weakened enamel also creates microscopic areas where bacteria can foster tooth decay.

If you’ve had problems like this Dr. Scott A. Young might recommend a simple fluoride treatment to restore these mineral structures and prevent future problems. Most of the time he can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.

Dr. Scott A. Young administers the fluoride treatment by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into trays held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.

It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that has added fluoride. In some cased Dr. Scott A. Young might also prescribe fluoride supplements.

If you have questions about fluoride treatments or you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call Dr. Scott A. Young’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina at 704-541-5900 to schedule an appointment.