Signs of tooth erosion
Acid erosion, also known as dental erosion, is a type of tooth wear. It is defined as the irreversible loss of tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids not of bacterial origin.
Acid wear may lead to serious dental problems. It is important to notice the signs of tooth erosion in its early stages ,sensitivity and discoloration before more severe damage occur, such as cracks, pain and decay.
Sensitivity. As your teeth’s protective enamel wears away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold or sweet food and drink. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
Discoloration. Teeth can become increasingly yellow as the thinning enamel layer exposes the underlying dentin.
Rounded teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or “sand-blasted” look.
Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly translucent near the edges.
Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth, and fillings may appear to be rising up out of the tooth.