Daily discomfort from tooth sensitivity can limit your food and beverage choices and hinder your enjoyment of life. While it can be the result of several different conditions, tooth sensitivity is often related to tooth enamel that has been weakened by poor oral hygiene or acidic foods and beverages.
When this happens, a process known as demineralization causes the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel to expand. As time goes on, this can create microscopic channels that expose the sensitive dentin layer within each tooth. A common symptom includes a sharp or stinging pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.
You might find some temporary relief by brushing your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste. While this might mitigate the symptoms, it is not an effective, long-term treatment strategy.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This process, which is known as remineralization, can counteract enamel erosion and reverse symptoms.
One fast and efficient way to restore the strength of your tooth enamel is to have a fluoride treatment administered at Bella Vista Dental. If Dr. Lara Perry sees significant signs of demineralization, she might also give you a prescription for daily fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse.
If you live in the Seguin, Texas, area and you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should call 830-379-8902 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lara Perry.