Each day, the acidic foods and drinks you consume, as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can erode the microscopic minerals that make up your tooth enamel. In time, this enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth, exposing the sensitive internal structures of your tooth. This often results in a sharp or stinging pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
Fortunately, exposing your teeth to fluoride will restore the microscopic minerals in a process that is known as remineralization, thus reversing the enamel erosion effect that causes sensitivity and tooth decay.
If you’ve had issues with insufficient fluoride, your dentist, Dr. Ronald Levine, might recommend receiving a fluoride treatment or taking daily prescription fluoride supplements. The fluoride treatment is quick and is 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.
Of course, this is all in addition to the fluoride toothpaste you should be using to brush your teeth twice a day.
If you have had issues with tooth sensitivity and you suspect that it is related to enamel erosion, you should call Ronald Levine at 301.540.8808 to schedule an appointment. We are happy to give you a fluoride treatment in Germantown, Maryland!