Your tooth enamel is composed of a microscopic matrix of mineral crystals. The density of these minerals not only gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food, but it also serves to protect the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Consuming acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis can gradually cause the microscopic mineral structures of tooth enamel to erode. This is even more likely to happen if you have developed poor oral hygiene.
If enamel erosion is not counteracted somehow, it will weaken your tooth enamel, allowing areas of tooth decay to form on multiple teeth. In time, it can even create microscopic channels in your tooth enamel, leading to sensitivity issues when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps restore a microscopic degree of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, and it strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity.
If your dentist, Dr. Michael Kesner, notices signs of enamel erosion on your teeth, he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel. This often includes receiving a basic fluoride treatment, taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with toothpaste that includes added fluoride.