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Enamel erosion is a simple term used to describe tooth enamel that has been chronically affected by acid. This is often the result of poor oral hygiene, frequent consumption of acidic foods and beverages or other factors that can affect the pH balance of your mouth. This is even more likely to be an issue if you struggle with an eating disorder or another malnutrition issue.

This acidic environment in the mouth encourages microscopic channels to form in the tooth enamel. This can expose the sensitive dentin layer. For teeth in this situation, Dr. Sudi Rafieian can administer a fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Undetected or untreated cavities can also compromise multiple teeth and expose their sensitive dentin. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s wise to have your dentist repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.

Afterward, she might advise cutting back on acidic foods and beverages to help maintain the strength of your teeth between dental checkups.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you are concerned about enamel erosion, you should call 312-642-5107 to schedule a checkup with fluoride treatment at Chicago Bright Smiles.