Each day the bacteria in your mouth and acidic foods and drinks can microscopically erode the densely packed mineral crystals that make up your tooth enamel. This process known as demineralization can eventually weaken tooth enamel and increase your chances of developing sensitivity and tooth decay problems.
Low dose exposure to fluoride helps to add mineral integrity back the tooth enamel in a process known as remineralization. Strong tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing issues with sensitivity and tooth decay.
Over time, enamel erosion from the process of demineralization can create microscopic channels through the enamel, thus exposing the sensitive, internal dentin layer of the tooth. This can cause a sharp or stinging sensation when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
This weakening and reduction of mineral density in your tooth enamel also makes your teeth more prone to tooth decay, which can also cause its sensitivity issues. Either one of this situations need to be addressed, before they can develop into something more serious.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, please call Smiles of Distinction at 952-894-2545 to schedule an appointment.