Tooth sensitivity problems can cause you to limit your food and beverage choices. Beyond the adverse effects to your quality of life, tooth sensitivity can also be a symptom of weakened tooth enamel. If you enjoy acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis, it can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. If it’s not counteracted in some way, enamel erosion can cause microscopic pores through the tooth enamel to the sensitive dentin layer within. In time, this can also make your teeth more prone to cavities.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride helps restore the microscopic minerals in a process is known as remineralization. This helps prevent sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with sensitivity and cavities from insufficient fluoride exposure, your dentist, Dr. Chad Ellis, might recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and oftentimes can be performed at the end of your dental checkup. Taking fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste can also help strengthen your tooth enamel.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a brand of fluoride toothpaste is also a great way to increase your fluoride exposure every day. You might want to also consider making changes to your diet to reduce or cutout acidic foods and beverages.
If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity that you suspect is linked to enamel erosion in Orem and Provo, Utah, you should call 801-225-5594 to explore your fluoride options at The Smile Studio - Dr. Chad Ellis.