Tooth erosion is a common dental problem in the world today that is frequently overlooked and ignored. It occurs when you frequently consume products that contain acid. Some of those products can include carbonated drinks, wine, fruit juice, pickles, honey, and yogurt. Some other things that can cause tooth erosion is bulimia and acid reflux. To help you see the symptoms of tooth erosion, our Smiles Dental team recommends looking for the following signs in your smile:
· Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is common when acid has destroyed your smile. This is because the acid tears the outer layer of your tooth away, which is the protective enamel. Once the enamel is gone, hot and cold temperatures easily affect the tooth.
· Discoloration: Because the outer layer of the tooth is worn away, the underlying dentin is exposed. This dentin is a dull color, making your smile appear yellow.
· Rounded teeth: Acid tends to eat away at the teeth, wearing down the corners and edges. This will make your teeth look rounded.
· Cracks: Small cracks and some roughness may appear at the edge of your teeth because of the acidic effects.
· Cupping: The acid may also cause dents and craters on the outsides of your teeth. This is known as cupping. The erosion might also make it appear as though your dental fillings are rising out of your teeth.
The best thing you can do to avoid tooth erosion is avoid consuming acidic foods and drinks, improve your acid reflux, and stop bulimia. If you have any questions or if you need help preventing this dental issue, Dr. Ken Killpack will be happy to help you if you call 360.727.6976 and schedule an appointment. The sooner you come into our office, the sooner we can help you!