Tooth Erosion Symptoms: The Effects of Acid Erosion
We may not be able to see the effects of acid erosion ourselves, but dental professionals may check for the early tooth erosion symptoms at the same time as they’re checking for tooth decay or gum disease.
Even if our teeth look healthy today, acids in everyday food and drink can still cause these symptoms to develop over time. Here’s a list of what tooth enamel erosion looks like:
1. Yellowing teeth
When a significant amount of enamel is worn away from the body of the tooth, the slightly yellow dentine layer underneath can become more visible.
2. Dull or Discoloured enamel
As the enamel wears away, our teeth may lose their shine, making them appear dull and yellow.
3. Rounded edges
The edges of your teeth are the most exposed to acid erosion.
4. Translucent or See-Through
As more enamel wears away, teeth can become visibly thinner. As the enamel thins, the edges of your teeth can appear translucent.
As the protective enamel wears away, the underlying dentine layer can become exposed. This can result in tooth sensitivity.
Fortunately, it’s easy to take action to reduce these risks and help prevent the signs of enamel erosion. It is important to protect and strengthen your teeth and help stop acid erosion from getting any worse. To find out more, read our section on how to help protect against acid erosion.