Through the course of an average day, the natural bacteria in your mouth, as well as the acidic foods and beverages you consume, can erode your tooth enamel. Prolonged enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. Common symptoms include a sharp or stinging pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
Brushing your teeth with specially formulated toothpaste designed to counteract tooth sensitivity can provide short-term relief. However, the underlying problem will still persist.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process, known as remineralization, can counteract enamel erosion and reverse symptoms. It might also be helpful to limit the amount of acidic foods and beverages you consume each day.
If Dr. John Fonder suspects your sensitivity issues are primarily related to enamel erosion, he might recommend a treatment strategy that includes a concentrated fluoride treatment in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This will likely be followed by taking daily prescription fluoride supplements and using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should contact Midtown Dental Arts at 918-747-8802 to explore your treatment options. Your dentist and dental team are happy to help you.