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.