While it is incredibly hard, tooth enamel actually has microscopic pores and textures on the surface. Regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages and poor oral hygiene can cause a mildly acidic environment to develop in your mouth. If this is not counteracted in some way, it could cause the microscopic pores on your tooth enamel to enlarge.
In time, microscopic channels can develop deep enough to affect the sensitive dentin inside the tooth. This can cause tooth sensitivity problems when you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.
There are several different ways Dr. Kaiser and Dr. Malony might suggest to remedy tooth sensitivity related to enamel erosion. It often starts with an in-office fluoride treatment and alterations in certain lifestyle choices.
For teeth that show significant signs of enamel erosion, our dentists might also suggest brushing your teeth once a day with a prescription-strength, concentrated fluoride toothpaste.
It’s best to use the toothpaste at a time when you can avoid eating or drinking anything for at least a half an hour. One of the most convenient ways to do this is to brush your teeth with the fluoride toothpaste right before you go to bed at night. This will give the fluoride time to fully saturate your teeth.
In the future, you might want to reconsider your choices of acidic foods and beverages. This can help prevent demineralization issues before they have a chance to weaken tooth enamel.
If you are concerned that your tooth sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Berryville Dental Associates at 540-955-0270 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment in Berryville, Virginia.