The enamel of your teeth is made up of a mineral structure of microscopic crystals. As you go through each day, acidic foods and drinks, as well as the bacteria in your mouth can create bacteria harming your enamel. Fluoride exposure from multiple sources helps to restore these mineral crystals to keep your enamel hard.
Without sufficient fluoride exposure your tooth enamel experiences a net loss, known as demineralization. This enamel erosion can then open up microscopic channels in your teeth exposing the sensitive dentin layer to reaction from heat, cold, sweet and acidic substances.
Early symptoms of enamel erosion include tooth sensitivity that could also be accompanied by a mild stinging sensation when eating sweet or acidic foods. While sensitivity toothpaste might reduce these problems, you will still need to strengthen your tooth enamel before something more serious develops.
The concentrated fluoride treatment offered by your dentist can help to strengthen tooth enamel, thus reducing sensitivity and helping to prevent tooth decay. The procedure can usually be performed after you regular checkup. It begins by 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 801.773.5285 to schedule an appointment.