What Causes Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Enamel is the thin outer layer of the tooth. It helps protect the main portion of the tooth, called the dentin, from daily stressors such as chewing and grinding. It also acts as insulation against hot and cold temperatures. Although tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body, it’s quite susceptible to erosion.

Enamel erosion occurs when acids wear away the outer layer of the tooth structure. Physical forces can also compromise the integrity of tooth enamel. Enamel erosion tends to be caused by the following:

  • Excessive consumption of soft drinks containing citric and phosphoric acids
  • Consumption of fruit drinks
  • Dry mouth
  • Diet high in sugar or starch
  • Acid reflux
  • Bulimia
  • Certain medications such as Aspirin
  • Attrition (tooth-to-tooth friction)
  • Abrasion (wear caused by brushing too hard or chewing on hard objects)

Signs of Enamel Erosion

Signs of enamel erosion vary depending on the degree of damage. Sensitivity to temperature and sweet foods can occur in the early stages, causing mild discomfort.

As the enamel continues to erode, you may notice yellow discoloration, cracks and chips along the edges of the teeth, and indentations on the surface of teeth. In the later stages, sensitivity to sweets and temperature can become incredibly painful.

Enamel Erosion Prevention and Treatment

How to prevent enamel erosion | Oakton You can help prevent enamel loss through regular brushing and flossing. It’s also important to visit our office for regular checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Michael Chung may suggest adjustments to your diet and oral care routine.

Enamel erosion treatment depends on the nature of the problem. You can’t bring back lost enamel, but professional dental services may help improve the look and function of affected teeth.

If the enamel loss is mild, tooth bonding may be appropriate. In more severe cases, Dr. Chung may suggest covering the tooth with a dental crown.

Schedule An Appointment With Our Oakton Dentist

Don’t let enamel erosion get in the way of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call 703-319-6990 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chung. Softouch Dental Care proudly welcomes patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.

Schedule A Consultation

Ready to book an appointment with a dentist in Oakton, VA? Please contact us today!


What Happens in a Consultation?

  • 01.

    Get to know Dr. Chung.

  • 02.

    Help him understand you and your goals.

  • 03.

    Learn about his services and specialties.

“Dr. Chung is the best, he has cared for me for over 15 years. He is always available. He has been attentive and taken care of all my issues before they were painful or bad. He has helped me with a good program for taking care of my teeth and they are beautiful. I receive complements about my pretty teeth and smile. The staff is attentive to detail they have prevented the things we dread. I have great respect for his care and his opinions and so happy to have found him.”

– Patricia Debearn

How May We Help?

* All indicated fields must be completed.

Accessibility Toolbar