Posted on 10/20/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
As you age, you may begin to experience the loss or weakening of your enamel. It is very important that you be able to identify this as soon as it begins to happen. As with so many other things related to your health, the earlier you identify the problem the easier it will be to correct.
Here are some signs that your enamel is beginning to weaken.
Your Enamel and You
First, it is good to understand what your enamel actually is. The enamel is the hardened outer layer of your tooth. It is what enables you to chew so many foods without problems.
When your enamel begins to weaken, it can lead to serious problems down the road. Fortunately, it is possible to strengthen your enamel, too, but you need to be able to tell when the enamel is beginning to weaken.
Signs of Weakening Enamel
One of the earliest signs of weakening enamel is a developed intolerance to extreme temperatures. If hot or cold foods suddenly begin to cause you discomfort, it could be caused by enamel that is beginning to weaken. Of course, this could be caused by other factors as well, so it's best to ask us to investigate if you suspect your enamel is starting to weaken.
Another sign of weakening enamel is a change in the coloration of the tooth. The dentin is the softer layer underneath the enamel, and it is often a darker color than the enamel. So, if you notice that a tooth is starting to change in color, it could be a sign of weakening enamel. It could also be a sign of other serious problems, so if you notice this you should see us right away.
Keep a close eye on your enamel. In so doing, you can help to extend the life of your teeth.