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Enamel erosion is often the unfortunate consequence of excess consumption of acidic foods and beverages as well as problems in your daily oral hygiene regimen. This is even more likely to become an issue if you have a bad habit of procrastinating your regular dental exam at Kennebunk Center for Dentistry.

As time goes on, this gradual depletion of tooth enamel minerals can significantly increase your chances of suffering tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.

Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride helps you restore the microscopic minerals in a process that is known as remineralization. This helps reduce the effects of enamel erosion on your teeth.

If you’ve had issues with tooth decay or sensitivity from insufficient fluoride, Dr. Sara Sheikh might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and oftentimes can be performed at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also help you strengthen your tooth enamel.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of fluoride toothpaste is also a great way to increase your fluoride exposure. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cut out acidic foods and beverages.

If you live in the Kennebunk, Maine, area and you have enamel erosion concerns, you should call 207-985-7944 to schedule a checkup at Kennebunk Center for Dentistry.