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Tooth sensitivity, which is when you feel pain or discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things, can have a serious negative effect on your quality of life. Identifying the cause of the problem will influence the treatment strategy your dentist, Dr. Valerie Foster, advocates.

Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The natural bacteria living in your mouth and the acidic foods and drinks you consume can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay is also a common cause of sensitivity. If your dentist doesn’t get the chance to repair the teeth, it could lead to serious complications later down the road.

Fortunately, the integrity of your tooth enamel can be restored by a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed up by using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Aloha, Oregon, you should call 503.649.7011 to schedule an appointment at Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC.