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Question:
I have always had sensitivity to cold my whole life, but I never had a cavity until I was 22. I thought I had great teeth.

I'm now 30 and have had about 8 fillings. Why the sudden increase in tooth decay in adulthood? Is my enamel too weak? I drink more acidic beverages than I did as a child (occasional coffee- NEVER have consumed sodas).

My theory is that it might be related to my Colgate advanced whitening toothpaste - could it be degrading my enamel? I've used it for over 6 yrs now.

What can I put on my teeth to strengthen them? I just switched to sensodyne whitening. Why isn't my dentist recommending flouride rinse or something? Why are my teeth less healthy in adulthood? ...Visitor from CA

Answer:
The best resource for investigating systemic issues in oral health is a Periodontist. There could be metabolic factors, dietary factors, changing oral ph (very important), medication effects, etc.

Periodontists also have professional grade remineralizing agents that far outstrip what over-the-counter products can provide.

There are very specific reasons for why things occur as they do in our dentition. Getting the most objective information possible will help determine what needs to be done to normalize your oral health... without "experimenting" with what works and what doesn't.

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