Tooth enamel is the incredibly hard substance that gives your teeth the integrity to chew and grind food. This durability is provided by an intricate network of microscopic mineral crystals. Over the course of a single day, the pervasive bacteria in your mouth, as well as interaction with acidic foods and beverages you consume, can cause a minute erosion of these mineral crystals.
Left unchecked, this process known as demineralization can weaken your tooth enamel to the degree where tooth decay can set hold. At the same time, demineralization also makes you more prone to develop tooth sensitivity issues.
While many people struggling with tooth sensitivity issues will turn to using specially formulated toothpastes designed to mitigate the sensitivity response, it might not be the best long term solution.
If you tooth sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, Dr. Melissa Ravago might recommend a treatment strategy that includes a concentrated fluoride treatment, followed by daily prescription fluoride supplements, and using a brand of toothpaste with added fluoride to brush your teeth.
Bolstering the integrity of your tooth enamel with fluoride can be an effective method for reversing the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity, rather than simply masking the symptoms.
If you have tooth sensitivity issues and you would like to explore your treatment options, please call Dr. Melissa Ravago at 505.292.6414 to schedule an appointment.