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Effects of Thinning Enamel

Posted on 12/15/2018 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Effects of Thinning EnamelYou may have heard about enamel erosion, and you might not understand why this issue is such a big deal. After all, some of the enamel wears away with time and with age. What you might not understand is that the enamel doesn't regenerate, and it can't be replaced. Once it is gone, it is gone for good, and these are some of the effects of thinning enamel.


One of the first signs of enamel erosion is often discolored, yellow stains. The enamel is white, but the underlying dentin layer is a pale brown color. As your enamel thins due to erosion, more of the dentin's natural color will show through. This may give your teeth a yellow or stained appearance.


The enamel works hard to protect your teeth, serving as a protective layer that keeps the dentin and inner portions of the teeth safe. When the enamel thins or wears away, the underlying dentin layer can become exposed, leading to tooth sensitivity. You may experience pain and discomfort when you eat hot or cold foods and beverages. Even a cold breeze can send painful signals through the nerves of your teeth.

Translucent Teeth

The teeth are usually opaque, but when the enamel thins out, you might notice changes in their appearance. When the enamel becomes too thin and worn due to acid, more light will pass through it, leaving your teeth with a dull appearance.

Fortunately, there are ways that you can minimize the effects of thinning enamel. If you are suffering from acid reflux, get treatment for the condition. Minimize the frequency with which you consume acidic foods and beverages. A nutritional assessment might also be necessary to get to the bottom of the issue.

Regular dental visits can help you to better understand the health of your enamel. Call us today to set up your next appointment.

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