On a microscopic level, the enamel of your teeth is made from a mineral crystalline structure. The density of the minerals determines the strength of the enamel. In an average day, the acidic foods and beverages you consume, as well as the natural processes of bacteria in the mouth can erode these mineral a microscopic level. This process is known as demineralization.
If this is allowed to happen over a long period of time, it can create microscopic channels through the enamel. This can cause tooth decay as well as sensitivity from microscopic exposure of interior pulp of the tooth. This is usually experienced as a sharp or stinging pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
While there are toothpastes that are specially formulated for sensitive teeth, they only reduce the sensation. The underlying problems in enamel erosion will still linger and could pose even more serious tooth decay problems later on.
Increased fluoride exposure can help rebuild the mineral structures of your tooth enamel on a microscopic level. Your dentist can administer a simple fluoride treatment.It can usually be performed after you regular checkup. This can help by increasing the remineralization of the crystalline structures that make up your tooth enamel.
They 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 972-563-1670 to schedule an appointment.