While enamel – the outer layer of your teeth – is the strongest substance found within the human body, certain things can erode it. Soda, coffee, tobacco, and other foods high in sugar or acids do a number on your enamel. Oftentimes, this erosion of enamel is the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity.
It’s worth noting that most tooth sensitivity could be a symptom of another problem. Some of these other conditions can become quite serious if they are not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. It’s a good idea to contact your dentist, Dr. Todd Eder, so he can accurately diagnose the underlying source of your tooth sensitivity and address any related complications.
One of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity is enamel erosion. This is caused by the corrosive effects of acidic foods and beverages as well as the natural bacteria in your mouth. If left unchecked, enamel erosion can create microscopic channels that penetrate deep into the enamel layer, exposing the sensitive interior structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, our Brownsburg Family Dental Care team can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.
While not all tooth sensitivity is caused by enamel erosion, if you have any sort of tooth pain at all you should get it looked at as quickly as possible. Doing so will help you have better oral health and avoid major tooth problems down the road.