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2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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Signs That the Enamel on Your Teeth is Getting Thin

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Call
Signs That the Enamel on Your Teeth is Getting ThinThe enamel is the hardest substance in the body, and it serves a very important role in your mouth. Enamel works as a protective covering to the teeth, and it shelters the sensitive dentin, cementum tissues, and pulp from damage. While the enamel is strong, it is not indestructible, and enamel erosion can cause this substance to thin. These are some of the signs that your enamel is wearing away.

Change in Tooth Color

One of the most common complaints from people who suffer from thinning enamel is discoloration. As the enamel wears away, more of the inner dentin layer of the teeth will be exposed. The dentin is a yellowish color, so your teeth may appear dull and yellow. Unfortunately, this isn't something that can be corrected with tooth whitening.

Change in Tooth Shape

Another physical change to thinning enamel is a change in shape. The teeth may appear short and rounded. If you have fillings, you might notice that the tooth appears to have shrunk around it. This shrinkage results from enamel loss.

Increased Sensitivity

When the dentin layer of the teeth is revealed, they will also become very sensitive. This sensitivity might arise when you eat cold or hot foods. In severe cases of enamel erosion, the inner portions of the tooth could be damaged, leading to a painful condition called pulpitis.

Chips and Cracks

Teeth that have thinning enamel are at risk for fracture and other damage. If your teeth suddenly appear thin and brittle, you may need to come into our office, even if they haven't developed any fractures. This is a good indication that a fracture may be on the horizon.

Regular dental cleanings in our office allow us to monitor your oral health and the status of your enamel. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
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