Consuming acidic foods and beverages on a regular basis can put your teeth at significant risk of developing cavities and tooth sensitivity. These things gradually cause the microscopic mineral structures of tooth enamel to erode.
If enamel erosion is not counteracted 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 restore a microscopic amount of minerals to your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization and it strengthens tooth enamel and reduces your chances of developing tooth decay and sensitivity problems.
If your dentist, Dr. Sudi Rafieian, notices signs of enamel erosion on your teeth, she might recommend a series of different treatment options to increase your fluoride exposure and fortify your tooth enamel. This often includes receiving a basic fluoride treatment, taking fluoride supplements, and brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
If you suspect that your sensitivity issues are linked to enamel erosion, you should call Chicago Bright Smiles at 312-642-5107 to explore your fluoride treatment options in Chicago, Illinois.