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The bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you enjoy can gradually erode the microscopic mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel. This process, which is known as demineralization, can pose some serious long-term complications for your teeth.

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 products. The weakened enamel also creates microscopic textures where bacteria can foster tooth decay.

If you’ve had problems like this, your dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, might recommend a simple fluoride treatment to restore these mineral structures and prevent future problems. Most of the time, it can be performed at the end of your dental checkup.

Dr. Robert H. Watson will pour concentrated fluoride gel into trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate your tooth enamel.

It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. In some cases, Dr. Robert H. Watson might also prescribe fluoride supplements.

If you are concerned about the strength of your tooth enamel, or if you are due for your next dental checkup in Charlotte, North Carolina, you should call Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA at 704-523-7221 to schedule an appointment.