Loss of Tooth Enamel?
One of the most common dental issues that patients come across is the loss of tooth enamel.
This can lead to a variety of uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms, and it's important that you understand what this is, how it can happen, and what you might experience as a result.
By doing so, you'll be in a better position to respond accordingly should it occur, and you'll also be more likely to take proper preventative measures so that it doesn't happen to you.
What Is Tooth Enamel
First, let's start by taking a moment to go over what your tooth enamel actually is. Everybody is familiar with the word itself, but not everyone has a good grasp on how it affects the health and well being of your teeth.
Tooth enamel is the exterior coating to the interior material of your teeth, and it's actually the strongest substance or material in the human body.
Good thing to, because it undergoes all kinds of wear and tear and daily attacks, and even as the strongest material in your body, it can become broken down and you can lose its protective powers.
As mentioned, enamel is the hard outer coating of your teeth, and it is semi-translucent. It covers up the dentin, which is a material not nearly as dense or strong as the enamel itself.
The enamel then protects you and your teeth from harmful materials, from corrosive acids and chemicals in the food and drink that we consume, and more. It guards against temperature extremes, and the constant wear and tear of eating and chewing.
Also, very importantly, enamel protect your teeth from cavities and decay. With that outer layer of protection gone, you're basically inviting cavities to form in its absence.
If you're familiar with computer software and virus protection, you can think of your enamel as a firewall then, so to speak. It blocks all of that bad stuff out from the important area behind it. But with it gone, you'll be left exposed to cavities and decay much more severely.
Symptoms Of The Loss of Tooth Enamel
There are many other symptoms, side effects and unwanted results from the loss of tooth enamel as well. One of these is that your teeth are going to be much more sensitive to what you're eating.
You are going to really feel cold or hot beverages that you're consuming, as well as sweet beverages and foods too. This is because the microscopic tubes of the dentin are exposed, and the nerves of the tooth are being stimulated. It can make consuming all sorts of foods and drinks very uncomfortable.
With the enamel gone from your teeth, you can also experience much more chipping and cracking along your teeth. You can develop more rough or irregular edges, and these will then begin to chip and crack, and once that starts, it's a process that only continues to get worse and more involved as time goes on. This can be both painful and aesthetically unwanted, and is another major problem with tooth enamel erosion.
There are many other specific kinds of physical changes that a loss of enamel can impart on your teeth. You may notice smooth, shiny surfaces, due to a loss of minerals on these areas because of the absence of enamel.
Your teeth can also become yellow and stained much easier due to thinning or entirely eroded tooth enamel.
You can even experience what is known as cupping, or denting, which appear on the chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth, and are like unsightly potholes as your teeth get the brunt of the damage of your daily activities without their natural protection.
Clearly, there are many different ways in which our enamel protects our teeth. With thinning or loss of tooth enamel, our teeth and our mouths are susceptible to all sorts of issues, from cavities and decay to added sensitivity and pain, to physical changes and more.
Therefore, you should be proactive in the protection of your tooth enamel, using a good daily routine of dental cleaning.
And you should be attentive to changes so you can take action and check with your dentist before it's too late.
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