Do you have painful or sensitive teeth?
Are they more sensitive when eating certain foods?
Are your teeth discoloured?
Are the edges of your teeth transparent or have a yellow tint?
Have your teeth changed shape or chipped?
This can be exacerbated if we don’t take precautions and can be irreversible if steps are not taken.
The erosion of tooth enamel is often caused by exposure to acid from food and drink. Enamel is the coating that protects teeth and it can be worn away, leaving the dentine underneath exposed. This exposure can cause pain, sensitivity and can affect the appearance of your smile.
The saliva in your mouth counteracts this, but the frequent intake of acidic food and drink doesn’t give your teeth chance to repair. Eventually, small parts of the enamel can come loose and then the real problems start; you’ll begin to lose the actual surface of the tooth itself.
Of course, there are other causes of tooth erosion caused by stomach acid. People who suffer from regular vomiting or reflux, due to stomach problems, bulimia or alcohol addiction are particularly prone to dental erosion. Speak to your GP if any of these issues concern you.
Regular visits to our dentists or hygienists will help to keep your teeth healthy.
If you are concerned about dental erosion, speak to our friendly dentists and get advice specific to your needs. Pure Smiles offer a wide range of treatments which may help.