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facts about tooth erosion
WHAT are the Signs of Erosion? Appearance: If the tooth enamel thins [erodes], the underlying “dentin” layer may become visible. When dentin is revealed, the teeth may appear yellow or discolored. [ Whitening products work only on the enamel layer of the tooth, so there is no quick cosmetic fix when your enamel is compromised. Enamel loss can also make the edges of the teeth (especially incisors) appear transparent. Teeth may be pitted, or even cracked as erosion progresses. Sensitivity: The underlying dentin level of the tooth has tubules that connect to nerves. When the
protective enamel becomes thinner, you may experience pain or increased sensitivity to heat and cold. WHO is at risk? Anyone who regularly has excess acid in the mouth is at risk for dental [tooth] erosion. Some dentists have reported increased erosion among younger patients, with acidic soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks seen as the most likely culprit. More clinical studies are examining the links. People who suffer from persistent dry mouth (xerostomia) should be especially cautious about acid. Saliva provides a natural protective buffer, and without good saliva flow you are morevulnerable to dental erosion. Read more: ]
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