Your tooth enamel is made up of densely packed, microscopic mineral crystal structures that give your teeth the kind of strength and durability that can last a lifetime. Even as strong as tooth enamel is, things like acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural processes of the bacteria in your mouth can microscopically erode the mineral crystals.
If this process, known as demineralization, isn’t countered, it can eventually cause erosion on the enamel layer of your teeth that make up your tooth enamel. When this happens your teeth can actually develop issues with tooth decay or sensitivity.
Without sufficient fluoride exposure 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.
If Lexington Heights Dental believe that your tooth sensitivity issues are connected to enamel erosion from demineralization, your dentist might suggest a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. Using a toothpaste with added fluoride will also add another source of fluoride exposure in your day.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, please call Lexington Heights Dental at 801-756-2006 to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.