Tooth enamel is microscopically porous. When your teeth are healthy and clean, the size of these pores is incredibly small. This gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew food as well as resist bacterial tooth decay.
Poor oral hygiene practices, or frequently consume acidic beverages can gradually start to weaken the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. This can cause the microscopic pores on the surface of your teeth to expand and deepen.
Should this occur on a chronic basis it could expose the sensitive dentin layer within your teeth. This is often a primary cause or contributing factor in many cases of chronic tooth sensitivity.
If Dr. Benjamin Johnson notices a problem with the mineral integrity of your tooth enamel, he might recommend having a fluoride treatment administered at the end of your dental checkup. This will bolster the mineral density of your teeth in the short term.
Should your teeth show significant signs of tooth enamel demineralization he might also prescribe daily use fluoride supplements. This usually comes in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or a specially formulated mouth rinse.
Going forward you might want to increase your focus on your daily oral hygiene practices, as well as trying to cut back on the acidic beverage consumption. This can help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel and increase your chances of preventing further tooth sensitivity problems.
If you live in the Waco, Texas, area, and you have tooth sensitivity issues, you should call 254 227-5082 to explore your treatment options available at Acre Wood Dental.