Teeth have a protective outer layer known as enamel. It is a hard substance that keeps the sensitive inside parts of a tooth safe from bacteria and damage. Over the years the enamel can begin to wear down, which can prevent it from being as protective as it needs to be. There are ways to help prevent enamel erosion: keeping teeth clean and remineralizing teeth through a nutritious diet are just a couple of the ways to do so. Your dentist in Mansfield, TX can help to recognize if your enamel is eroding and offer suggestions of how to combat it. 

Tooth Sensitivity

The protective shield that enamel provides can help to prevent the nerves inside your teeth from being affected by outside forces. If the enamel is thinner and less protective, you may feel discomfort when biting, chewing, and even speaking. Your enamel could be eroding at a faster pace if you are habitually grinding your teeth (a condition known as bruxism). If bruxism is the cause of your sensitivity, your dentist can help you stop grinding your teeth and help restore your teeth (if that is necessary). Dental sealants or dental bonding can be a good way to help shield your teeth.

Dull, Yellow Teeth

Enamel is a translucent substance. Just like with paper or fabric, as it gets thinner, it gets more translucent. When enamel is thin and eroded, you will be able to see the tissues beneath it. This can make the teeth look dull and yellow. It is important to be mindful of the type of do-it-yourself whitening treatments. Some can be too abrasive, which can quicken enamel erosion. If you are wanting to whiten your dull, yellow teeth, talk to your dentist as they will be able to adjust based on the health of your enamel.

Dental erosion can leave your teeth vulnerable

Eroding enamel can make your teeth susceptible to breakage and decay.  To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.