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What Is Tooth Erosion?

 
Chapter: Signs of Tooth Erosion

Below are some signs of tooth erosion, ranging from its early stages (sensitivity, discoloration, rounded teeth) to the later, more severe stages (cracks, severe sensitivity, cupping).
  • Sensitivity. Since protective enamel is wearing away, you may feel a twinge of pain when you consume hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
  • Discoloration. Teeth can become slightly yellow because the dentin is exposed.
  • Rounded Teeth. Your teeth may have a rounded or "sand-blasted" look.
  • Transparency. Your front teeth may appear slightly transparent near the biting edges.
  • Advanced Discoloration. Teeth may become more yellow as more dentin is exposed because of the loss of tooth enamel.
  • Cracks. Small cracks and roughness may appear at the edges of teeth.
  • Severe Sensitivity. As more enamel is worn away, teeth become increasingly sensitive.
  • Cupping. Small dents may appear on the chewing surface of the teeth. Fillings also might appear to be rising up out of the tooth.  
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