Tooth enamel isn’t something most people think about every day. In fact, usually you don’t realize you have a problem with your enamel until you start to feel sensitivity when you drink or you notice a change in the shape or color of your teeth. Gentle Dental Center shares the signs of enamel changes to look for in your smile.
What Are The Signs
One of the earliest signs of enamel erosion is sensitivity. You may notice pain or discomfort when eating something sweet, hot or cold. This is because as the enamel erodes away the more sensitive dentin is exposed.
Another symptom is a change in the color of your teeth. This often occurs first on the central incisors. You might notice that have become transparent on the cutting edges. As the enamel erodes more, your teeth may appear grayish or yellow.
Your teeth may begin to appear rounded, develop ridges, and often the gaps between teeth will become more substantial. Eventually, you may notice cracks in the teeth or experience loss of tooth material.
What to Do if You Think You are Lacking Enamel
The first thing you should do is seek professional dental care from our providers at Gentle Dental Center. Your dentist or orthodontist will be in the best position to diagnose lack of enamel, as well as offer immediate care to remediate the condition. Next, you can take steps to prevent further damage. Here are a few recommendations:
- Reduce intake of food and drinks containing acid.
- Have high acid foods, medicines, and beverages with food as this will help buffer the acid content.
- Drink with a straw.
- Don’t brush immediately after you eat or drink food containing acid. Instead, rinse with tap water and wait about an hour until your enamel hardens again before you brush.
- Ask your dentist about using a remineralization rinse.
- Ask about the restoration of your teeth to prevent further damage.
How We Can Help!
At Gentle Dental Center, we will examine your enamel during your regularly scheduled evaluation and check up. If you’re showing normal enamel wear, we will let you know. If you have an enamel issue that requires restorative treatment, we will guide you in choosing the best option for you. Need to make an appointment? Contact us at 757-431-1300 today!