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The enamel in your tooth is comprised of microscopic mineral crystals that make the enamel extremely strong. However, they don’t protect the enamel from erosion caused by bacteria or acid in your food and drinks. If these substances remain on your teeth, the tooth enamel will undergo a process known as demineralization, in which microscopic pores and channels form in the tooth enamel. Great exposure to fluoride promotes remineralization or the restoration of the mineral density of your tooth enamel.

Extensive erosion of the enamel erosion can reveal the dentin underlayer of your teeth, resulting in symptoms of tooth decay, such as a sharp pain or persistent ache when you consume anything is cold, hot, acidic, or sweet.

If our dentist, Dr. Alfred Haeberer, determines that your tooth sensitivity is caused by or related to tooth enamel erosion, he may recommend fluoride treatment such as rinse, gel, or supplement. You can also brush your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste to increase your fluoride exposure. We encourage you to evaluate the foods and drinks you consume to determine if you can make healthier choices and reduce the amount of acid in your mouth.

If you struggle with tooth sensitivity issues caused by enamel erosion, call Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at (703) 291.0884 to review your options for fluoride treatment in Potomac Falls, Virginia.