A 41-year-old member asked:
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if it's not a cavity, then what are these holes in my teeth?

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Dr. Scott Pope
27 years experience Dentistry
Abfraction: If you are noticing areas of the tooth structure is missing, it could be caused by clenching or grinding of the teeth. Could also be a chemical erosion of the tooth structure. Have it examined by a dentist.
Answered on Sep 22, 2013
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Hard to say: Without seeing the holes you are referring to, it is hard to determine exactly what you feel is your dental problem. A dentist needs to see these holes and then perform any treatment, if appropriate and necessary or at least explain to you what the holes are.
Answered on Sep 13, 2013

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