Your tooth enamel is made of densely formed microscopic mineral crystals. This is what gives your teeth the ability to bite, chew and grind hard foods. At the same time, it is possible for acidic foods and beverages to erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This makes it even more likely for you to develop tooth decay problems on multiple teeth.
Chronic enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. Common symptoms include a sharp or stinging pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Brushing your teeth with specially formulated toothpaste designed to counteract sensitivity can provide short-term relief. However, the underlying problem could potentially worsen.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process, known as remineralization, can counteract enamel erosion and reverse symptoms. It might also be helpful to limit the amount of acidic foods and beverages you enjoy each day.
If your dentist, Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt, suspects your sensitivity issues are primarily related to enamel erosion, he might recommend a treatment strategy that includes a concentrated fluoride treatment in Logan, Utah. This will likely be followed by taking daily prescription fluoride supplements and using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to brush your teeth.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity and tooth decay problems, you should call 435-752-1434 to schedule an appointment at Ridge View Smile Care.