The thin protective layer called the enamel protects the sensitive tissues inside the tooth against the harmful effects of the foods and drinks that we consume. Mainly composed of minerals, the enamel is very strong, but the acids that constantly attack it can break down the minerals that confer strength to the protective layer – here are the signs that it is already happening to your teeth:
- Dental sensitivity – a weakened enamel is thinner than it should be, therefore it leaves the sensitive deeper layers of the tooth more exposed to heat, cold and sweet, sour or bitter taste. Such sensitivity is the first sign that the enamel on your teeth has started to erode;
- Discoloration – the enamel is translucent, so the color of your teeth is given by the deeper layers of the individual tooth. When the enamel starts eroding, more of the dentin becomes exposed, that’s why eroding teeth become discolored or yellow;
- Chipping and cracking of the teeth – rough or irregular tooth edges are also signs of enamel erosion;
- Tooth decay – eroded enamel can easily develop holes called cavities. If left untreated, the cavities become deeper and larger in diameter, affecting the softer layers of the teeth and eventually causing inflammations, pain, in the most severe cases even tooth loss. Regular visits to a Littleton family dental office can help you to have a health smile.
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