During an average day, acidic food and drink as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic erosion of the crystal mineral structure that makes up your tooth enamel. This process is known as demineralization. If demineralization is not countered it can eventually increase your chances of developing sensitivity and tooth decay issues in your teeth.
Fluoride exposure helps to add back a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. By fortifying tooth enamel with fluoride your teeth will become stronger and your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity issues will improve.
If you aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, or you’ve had tooth sensitivity issues related to enamel erosion Dr. Mark L. Pitel might suggest a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements.
If you don’t have adequate fluoride exposure 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.
Enamel erosion can also increase your chances of developing tooth decay problems. Even a small amount of tooth decay can spread and cause significant problems. It could even damage the dentin layer of the tooth or even infect the root.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, please call us at 845-454-0790 to schedule an appointment. We can help you find the best treatment options to reverse enamel erosion or repair tooth decay before it becomes something more serious.