Enamel Demineralization

The dissolving of the surface minerals of the outer surface of the tooth (enamel) is called demineralization. It gives a frosty white look to the surface of the enamel, which is also the first sign of dental caries or decay.

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What harm can lemon juice and bicarbonate cause to my enamel in a single use?

Query: Hello doctor, I have just brushed my teeth with lemon juice and bicarbonate soda as I read it can whiten teeth. I just now came to know that it can damage my enamel. I have done it only once. Are my teeth going to be normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per reading, the history lemon juice and bicarbonates from baking soda can cause serious harm to your teeth. I would strongly recommend do not follow any home remedy procedure of tooth whitening as they are not only ineffective but can seriously damage the ename...  Read Full »

What are the options to whiten teeth, which are brown due to high chlorine in the water?

Query: I'd like to make my teeth whiter, brushing twice a day isn't working.. I come from a region with very high chlorine in the water and thus the browning teeth, what solutions are available for me?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ This is your Dentist - I went through your query and the attached image ,Sir. As a Specialist am here to help you. The browning appearence of your teeth is not Stain or plaque related . There is actual chip off of enamle showing the brown Dentin layer. The condition is k...  Read Full »

Why does my 15-month-old baby have discolored teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 15 months old. Her weight is 8.2 kg and height is 80 cm. Her food includes apple, rice, green gram, vegetables along with breast milk. But, I am not adding sugar or salt. I am giving her Ostocalcium, vitamin D and multivitamins as suggested by her pediatrician. She has got ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The white discoloration (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is the demineralization of enamel on the surface of teeth. It occurs due to prolonged sticking of food items, especially mother's milk after feeding. It is very simple to prevent the formation of cav...  Read Full »

Is it normal for the primary molar to get chipped into pieces?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an experience with a tooth as a child that I have never received an answer. My baby teeth were always kept pretty clean and well taken care of but this one incident happened where one tooth literally disintegrated in a matter of seconds. I was sucking on a sucker and noticed tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand your concern. When did it happen (at what age)? How many molars? Any history of bottle feeding? Diet history? History of dental checkups and dental treatments had during that period? More history of the details would hel...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of crescent-shaped front teeth?

Query: Hello Doctor, My son is 2 and a half years old and has very jagged (crescent-shaped) front teeth. I have brought him to two dentists. One said it appeared to be an enamel deficiency and the other said it was due to him grinding his teeth. I have never seen or heard him grind.  Read Full »

Dr. Geeth Sadasivam


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. I also saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is definitely not because of teeth grinding because the features of the tooth say it all. This could be something call...  Read Full »

Can severe acid reflux turn my teeth translucent, and cause gums to recede?

Query: Hi doctor, Lately, I noticed that my teeth are not the best looking. I had acid reflux. I looked up a lot of stuff about acid in the mouth, and looking at my teeth I think this is what is happening. My teeth started turning translucent two weeks ago. When I looked it up, it said that it could occur...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Arora

Dentist, Oral Implantologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms that you have explained are right. If you have acid reflux problem and in your case, it looks like there is too much of acid refluxing in your mouth from the stomach. This acid can erode your teeth making the enamel thin due to loss of minerals. I have common...  Read Full »

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