Enamel Erosion Symptoms and Prevention

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Enamel erosion is a common tooth disease that can cause incurable damage to the teeth. Some of the enamel erosion symptoms are painful sensitivity and tooth discoloration. The enamel of the tooth cannot be regrown. So even if you already have dental erosion, you can prevent it from getting worse by taking care of your teeth and with dental treatment.

Enamel Erosion Symptoms

The tooth enamel erosion symptoms often include:

Tooth Discoloration

The enamel erosion can lead to a change in both the color and shape of the teeth. They will take on a completely different appearance. Under the tooth enamel is a yellowish dentin layer. When the enamel wears out, it becomes thinner and more transparent. A layer of dentin starts to appear through it, as a result of which the teeth become yellowish.

Cracks and chips on teeth

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Significant destruction of enamel can lead to the development of chips and cracks.

Even if you have not found cracks in your teeth, consult a dentist as soon as you notice that the teeth have become thinner, brittle, and small. These are the first signs that cracks may appear on the teeth in the near future.

The shape of your teeth change

The destruction of enamel also leads to a change in the shape of teeth. Teeth may appear rounded and shortened. If the enamel is lost, the teeth may become rounded and look shorter than usual.


Enamel erosion also leads the teeth an increased sensitivity. The sensitivity of the teeth is manifested when you eat hot or cold food or breathe in cold air.

Severe, painful tooth sensitivity

With the complete destruction of enamel and dentin, the inner part of the tooth (pulp) is also damaged. It causes inflammation of the internal tissues of the tooth (pulpit). The process of eating can cause severe pain

Cupping of teeth

Indentations known as cups  appear on the surface of your teeth

When enamel destroys, the tooth is more sensitive to tooth decay or cavities.

Unfortunately, there are many causes of enamel erosion, like dry mouth, acid reflux, medications, the high consumption of acidic drinks and foods, tear and wear of the teeth, genetics, a diet high in starches and sugar, and more.

If you want to learn more about enamel erosion in Burbank, or to schedule an appointment at My Dentist Burbank, please contact Dr. Sahakyan, at your earliest convenience. Call 1-818-578-2332 and our dental team will give you all the answers and the information you need.

Dental Erosion Prevention

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In contrast to cavities, dental erosion does not appear due to poor oral hygiene. On the contrary, it often develops in people who thoroughly brush their teeth and lead a healthy lifestyle by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

The problem is that damaged enamel cannot be restored, but we can prevent or reduce this damage. We should only make some changes in our habits.

There are simple prevention measures for the erosion of teeth:

  • eat less acidic foods throughout the day;
  • fruit juices, wine, and non-alcoholic sports drinks are not recommended to be kept in the mouth for a long time. It is better to drink them through a straw;
  • finish the meal with some neutralizing product. It can be cheese, milk, sugar candies, or sugarless gum;
  • after consuming acid-containing foods and beverages, do not brush your teeth immediately. You must wait at least half an hour for the mineralizing effect of saliva to manifest;
  • use a soft-bristle toothbrush. It is also ideal for protecting against the erosion of tooth enamel.
  • use non-abrasive toothpaste with high fluoride content;
  • use mouthwashes that promise a higher degree of enamel protection,
  • Periodically visit the dentist to monitor dental health.

Regular dental visits will help identify any troubles associated with your tooth enamel. As with most health problems, prevention is the best solution. Call 1-818-578-2332 or contact Dr. Sahakyan, the best dentist in Burbank,  to schedule an appointment today.


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