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3 Signs Your Enamel May Be Eroding

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

As you may already know, enamel is the hard substance that makes up the surface of the tooth. This surface can erode if someone has an acidic mouth, grinds their teeth, or brushes too hard. But how would you even know if your teeth are eroding? Luckily there are several signs that can indicate that the enamel layer on your teeth is eroding.

  • Sensitivity – Do you notice your teeth being more sensitive to cold, hot, or sweets? These could be signs that the enamel is wearing down and the nerves in the teeth are less protected from these changes in temperature in the mouth.
  • Discoloration – While some tooth discoloration is just a result of surface stains on the teeth, sometimes discoloration can be a result of the second layer of the tooth being more visible. Underneath the enamel layer there’s the dentin layer which is softer and darker, giving teeth a yellowish appearance if the enamel gets thin.
  • Jagged tooth surfaces – If you’re grinding your teeth, or if acid is eating away at your teeth, the surfaces start to become rough or form minor pits, cracks, and grooves. You would probably be able to see these or feel them with your tongue.

If you have any of these symptoms, and certainly if you have all three, schedule a dental appointment to ensure the erosion doesn’t get worse.

Oct
28

Wax On vs. Wax Off

If you’ve ever shopped for dental floss – and you really should – you may have noticed that there are two varieties of nylon floss sold: waxed and unwaxed. Although most people prefer the sturdiness of floss coated in wax, many find that the added layer of wax can sometimes be difficult to comfortably fit […]

Oct
23

What Your Bone Type Could Mean For Dental Implant Treatment

“It depends.” That’s probably an answer you will often hear if you’re considering getting dental implants. This is because there are so many things to consider when placing a dental implant. One of the many considerations that your dentist needs to take into account before placing a dental implant is what type of bone you […]

Oct
15

The Battleground At the Root of An Infected Tooth

When a tooth is so badly infected that the bacteria make their way through the entire tooth and reach the gums beneath, the result is a painful infection at the base of the tooth (known as a periapical lesion). In addition to the general inflammatory pain at the site of infection, any pressure applied on […]

Oct
8

Please, Please, Please Don’t File Down Your Teeth

We’ve seen a disturbing trend on TikTok where people, mostly teens, have been filing down their front teeth in order to make them ‘even’ or ‘straight’. We can’t believe we have to say this, but please don’t do it. We can’t stress enough just how bad this is, but let’s discuss the gruesome details of […]

Oct
1

The Time Right After Your Tooth-Whitening Treatment is Critical

Teeth bleaching has been shown to be an effective and lasting treatment for stained teeth time and again. With the right treatment protocols, some patients even report white teeth lasting for a year or more. But regardless of which tooth bleaching treatment you get, here are some things to know if you want to maximize […]

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