Here are 5 signs that you may be affected by enamel loss:
- Rounded edges – The edges of your teeth are the most exposed to acid wear, so will tend to be worn away first.
- Dull or discolored – As the enamel wears away, your teeth may lose their shine, making them appear dull.
- Yellowing – If a significant amount of enamel is worn away from the tooth, the slightly yellow dentin layer underneath can become more visible.
- Translucent or see-through – As more enamel wears away, teeth can become visibly thinner. As the enamel thins, the edges of your teeth can appear translucent.
- Sensitivity – As the protective enamel wears away, the underlying dentin layer can become exposed. This can be one of the causes of sensitivity. Fortunately, it's easy to act to reduce this risk.
1. Find out what’s acidic in your diet and try some simple ways to reduce harm like:
- If you’re eating something acidic, have cheese, milk, banana or another low acidic food or drink with it
- Try not to have frequent acidic snacks
- Use a straw (reusable or paper) when consuming acidic drinks and don’t swill them around or hold them in your mouth
- Try not to brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking anything acidic
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*GSK data on file, 3506 US adults, 2014