Tooth sensitivity is a somewhat common problem that millions of Americans struggle with each year. The discomfort from eating hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things can cause you to abstain from eating many of the foods you enjoy. While brushing your teeth with a specially formulated toothpaste can reduce tooth sensitivity, it might be masking a symptom that needs to be addressed and treated.
Enamel erosion is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. This happens when the natural bacteria living in your mouth and the consumption of acidic foods and beverages can deplete the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This can cause microscopic channels that extend down into the sensitive dentin layer of your teeth. At the same time, this can also make your teeth more prone to tooth decay.
One way to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity is to have your dentists, Drs. Bennett and Lee, administer a fluoride treatment in Flemington, New Jersey. This can be done at the end of your dental checkup by pouring concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that you will hold in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the enamel of your teeth.
Your dentists might also prescribe fluoride supplements if your teeth show significant signs of enamel erosion. This might come in the form of a concentrated fluoride toothpaste or mouthrinse. These can be applied to your teeth right before you go to bed to allow the fluoride to deeply saturate the microscopic pores in the tooth enamel.
If you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity, you should call 908-788-1661 to schedule an appointment.