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If you want a top-notch smile, then enamel erosion is a dental problem to avoid. This problem occurs when your teeth are overexposed to acid. Acid attacks the tooth enamel and wears it down, making it weak and vulnerable. Our dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, recommends preventing this dental problem as much as possible because:

-Enamel erosion can open the channels in the teeth that lead to the nerves inside, which can cause extreme tooth sensitivity. This can make consuming hot or cold foods and drinks as well as breathing cold air painful.

-Enamel erosion can make your teeth yellow. This is because it wears away the tooth enamel and exposes the dentin layer underneath. This layer is naturally yellow.

-Enamel erosion makes the tooth enamel so weak that it is susceptible to chips and breaks.

-Enamel erosion opens the door for tooth decay to attack and create cavities.

-Enamel erosion can change the shape and appearance of your teeth by creating cups (indentations) in the enamel.

To help avoid enamel erosion, our dental team at James D. Schuette. DDS. recommends avoiding acidic foods and beverages and rinsing your mouth with water immediately after acid exposure. Make sure to wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth. To learn more about enamel erosion in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, contact our office today at 816-554-7656!