Your tooth enamel is made up of microscopic mineral crystals structures. While this makes tooth enamel very strong, it is not impervious to enamel erosion caused by consuming acidic foods, beverages, and the bacteria in your mouth. As time goes on this process, known as demineralization, can create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel.
Prolonged enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. This often includes symptoms like acute pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps to restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, and effectively counters enamel erosion.
If our dentists, Drs. Bruce W. Taylor & Katy L. Wagner, suspect that your tooth sensitivity issues are related to enamel erosion they might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. Brushing your teeth with a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride is also a great way to add fluoride to your day.
If you have tooth sensitivity issues, that you suspect are linked to enamel erosion issues, you should call Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry’s clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas at 870-972-6985 to explore your fluoride options.