The enamel layer of your teeth is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of an average day, acidic foods and beverages as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth, can cause a microscopic erosion of these mineral structures. This basic chemical process is known as demineralization. If demineralization is left unchecked it will, over time increase the likelihood of you developing sensitivity and problems with tooth decay.
Fluoride exposure helps to refortify the minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. This makes your tooth enamel stronger and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity issues in the future.
If you aren’t getting a sufficient amount of fluoride exposure, the effect of enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel layer of your teeth. This can expose the sensitive dentin and pulp 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 aren’t getting adequate fluoride exposure in your average day, or you’ve had tooth sensitivity issues related to enamel erosion Dr. Iqbal Sayed might suggest a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements.
If you have sensitive teeth, concerns about enamel erosion, or you would like to explore your fluoride treatment options please call Dr. Iqbal Sayed at 631-758-6689 to schedule an appointment.