The enamel layer on each of your teeth is very hard and durable. However, it is not impervious to enamel erosion caused by consuming acidic foods and beverages, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth. Over time this process, known as demineralization, can create microscopic pores and channels in your tooth enamel, promoting tooth decay and sensitivity issues.
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.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps to restore a significant amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, and both strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity problems.
If Dr. Shahdad Arami notices signs of enamel erosion on your teeth, he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel structure. This often includes a basic fluoride treatment, fluoride supplements, and brushing your teeth with toothpaste that includes added fluoride.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, you should call Northridge Dental Group at 818-886-6100 to schedule an appointment.