Molar incisor hypomineralisation
or chalky teeth
Tooth enamel is the outer layer of the teeth. As it has the important task of protecting the inside of the teeth and to make the teeth work properly, it is the hardest substance in the entire human body.
However, if the enamel softens because it is not mineralised enough, the teeth become brittle and therefore very sensitive and painful. This is when any contact can hurt. Which means food, especially cold and sweet dishes and brushing your teeth. Frequent and thorough brushing is extremely important, especially with chalky teeth, because the soft enamel no longer protects the tooth as effectively from invading bacteria.