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3 Signs Your Enamel May Be Eroding

Sep 11th, 2020

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.

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Here at Paul Mathew, D.D.S. we work diligently to protect our patients' privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has identified as electronically protected healthcare information or ePHI. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the "I agree" box, and electronically making an appointment request, you acknowledge that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Paul Mathew, D.D.S. will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may illegally intercept this communication. By accepting these terms and conditions and sending this request via our Internet portal, you accept the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.

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