The enamel layer of your teeth is composed of dense microscopic mineral crystals. On a daily basis the processes of the natural bacteria in your mouth and the acidic foods you eat can cause microscopic erosion. This natural process is known as demineralization.
Increased fluoride exposure can impart new minerals to refortify the density of your tooth enamel. This process is known as remineralization. This could come in the form of toothpaste and mouthwash with added fluoride, municipal drinking water, prescription fluoride supplements or your dentist’s fluoride treatment.
Without sufficient fluoride exposure enamel erosion can create microscopic channels through the enamel, thus exposing the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. Most people complain about feeling a sharp or stinging pain when they eat or drink something that is hot, cold, sweet or acidic.
Enamel erosion also creates additional surface area for bacteria to cause tooth decay. Even a small amount of tooth decay can spread rapidly through a tooth that has suffered enamel erosion. This can damage the dentin layer of the tooth or even infect the root.
If you have sensitive teeth caused by enamel erosion, or you’ve noticed one or more new cavities in your teeth, please call us at to schedule an appointment. We can help you find the best treatment options to reverse enamel erosion or repair tooth decay before it becomes something more serious.