If you could look at your tooth enamel under a powerful microscope, you would see that it is made up of densely packed microscopic mineral crystals. This largely calcium based minerals can actually be eroded by the daily presence of bacteria and the acidic food and drinks you consume.
If enamel erosion is not countered somehow, it will weaken your tooth enamel allowing areas of tooth decay to form on multiple teeth. In time it can even create microscopic channels in your tooth enamel leading to sensitivity issues when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic things.
Increased exposure to fluoride helps to restore a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization, strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity problems.
If Dr. J. Richard Burch notices signs of enamel erosion on your teeth he might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel structure. This often includes a basic fluoride treatment, fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth with toothpaste that includes added fluoride.
If you suspect that your sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Dr. J. Richard Burch’s office in Kansas City, Missouri at 816-822-0990 to explore your treatment options.