Because dental enamel—the outermost layer of the tooth—is designed to protect inner dental layers, it is very important that you protect your enamel as much as possible.
Our Saint Louis dentists strong encourage you to reach out to your dental team if you notice that your enamel is changing. When caught early, dental enamel deterioration can be managed and effectively treated. So stay alert for these common oral health changes that may indicate that your enamel is thinning.
1. Dark or yellow looking teeth
Dental enamel is white and shiny, however the layers of the tooth under the enamel—the dentin and the dental pulp—look more yellow and dark. So, when your enamel starts to thin, the yellow color the dentin is able to show through to the surface of the tooth.
2. Cracks and chips
If your dental enamel is getting softer and weaker, you may notice that your teeth are becoming damaged more easily and frequently. Keep in mind that some dental cracks and chips are so small that they may seem unimportant, but they can widen and intensify over time. With all that dental bonding and dental crowns have to offer, our dental team can quickly and easily correct existing dental damage and fortify your smile.
3. Dental sensitivity
Thin enamel can also leave your dental nerves too exposed. If you’re starting to experience dental sensitivity to cold weather or substances or hot substances, talk to your dentist about why this is happening. There are products and treatments that can help to protect your nerves and minimize dental sensitivity.
No matter your current dental situation, our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you meet your oral health goals. Call our dental team, or use the Contact Us page on our website to schedule a personal consultation with our dentist!