Your teeth are primarily made up of enamel which is a microscopic mineralize crystal structure. The density of this structure is what makes your teeth durable and strong. Over the course of an average day, the bacteria in your mouth as well as the acidic food and drink you consume can erode these mineral a microscopic amount. This process is known as demineralization.
When demineralization happens over a long period of time, it can cause microscopic channels in your teeth. This exposes the sensitive dentin layer to heat, cold, sweet and acids, which can cause pain and discomfort.
Early symptoms of tooth sensitivity due to enamel erosion includes a mild stinging sensation when eating sweet or acidic foods. Even though a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth might reduce these problems, you will still need to strengthen your tooth enamel before something more serious develops.
Research has found that fluoride exposure can help rebuild the mineral structures of your tooth enamel. The concentrated fluoride treatment offered by your dentist can help strengthen tooth enamel, thus reducing sensitivity, while helping to prevent tooth decay.
The procedure can usually be performed after you regular checkup. The dentist pours fluoride gel is poured into trays and held in your mouth for a short period of time. This can help by increasing the remineralization of the crystalline structures that make up your tooth enamel.
Your dentist might also recommend a prescription fluoride supplement or special fluoride toothpaste gels that you can use at home.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, please feel free to call us at 828-322-6731 to schedule an appointment.