Tooth enamel erosion is often related to poor oral hygiene practices and frequently consuming acidic beverages. When plaque and tartar build up in your mouth the chronic acidic environment in your mouth can cause the microscopic pores on the surface of your tooth enamel to expand and deepen.
In time, it can gradually expose the sensitive dentin layer within your teeth, causing increased tooth sensitivity. Even if you find some minor relief from a tooth sensitivity toothpaste, your tooth enamel could still be at significant risk of suffering from cavities and dental fractures.
If your dentist notices a problem like this during your routine dental checkup, they might recommend administering a fluoride treatment. This will bolster the mineral density of your teeth in the short term. Afterward, you might also be prescribed daily use fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse that you apply to your teeth right before you go to sleep each night.
You might want to consider cutting back on the acidic foods and beverages you consume. This can help prevent future demineralization of your tooth enamel to help reduce tooth sensitivity symptoms.
If you live in the Plano, Texas, area, and you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, please call 214-227-1000 to explore your treatment options available at Legacy Trails Dental. Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh, Dr. Christina Ky, and Dr. Tatyana Romanoff look forward to caring for your smile!