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Your teeth are composed of microscopic mineral structures. The density of these crystals give your teeth the ability to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. It also serves to protect the internal structures of your teeth, while preventing cavities.

Through the course of an average day the acidic food and drinks you consume can erode these mineral crystals. This can create microscopic surfaces that can harbor tooth decay. In time the erosive effects can even make microscopic channels through the tooth enamel to expose the sensitive dentin layer within.

When this happens you likely feel a stinging sensation when eating hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.

To counter the effects of enamel erosion, Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will often recommend administering a basic fluoride treatment.

This quick treatment can be performed immediately following your regular dental checkup. It involves pouring a concentrated fluoride gel into special trays that are held in your mouth for a few minutes.

Afterward you should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half hour to allow the fluoride to deeply saturate your tooth enamel.

If you are concerned that you might be developing enamel erosion issues, you should contact Dr. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens’s office in Durango, Colorado at 970.259.1646 to schedule an appointment.