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The Effects of Acid Wear

You may not be able to see the effects of acid wear yourself, but your dentist can check for early signs when they’re checking for tooth decay or gum disease.

Even if your teeth look healthy today, over time acids in everyday foods and drinks can still put enamel at risk. Here are 5 signs that you may be affected by acid wear:

1. Rounded edges

The edges of your teeth are the most exposed to acid wear, so will tend to be worn away first.

2. Dull or discoloured

As the enamel wears away, your teeth may lose their shine, making them appear dull.

3. Yellowing

If a significant amount of enamel is worn away from the tooth, the slightly yellow dentin layer underneath can become more visible.

Healthy, white teeth should start with strong enamel

Strong enamel without acid wear

Strong enamel without acid wear

Weakened translucent enamel with acid wear

Weakened translucent enamel with acid wear

4. Translucent or see-through

As more enamel wears away, teeth can become visibly thinner. As the enamel thins, the edges of your teeth can appear translucent.

5. Sensitivity

As the protective enamel wears away, the underlying dentin layer can become exposed. This can be one of the causes of sensitivity.

Fortunately, it’s easy to take action to reduce these risks. Find out more on how to protect against acid wear.

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The Causes of Acid Wear

Understanding the acidity of your diet can help protect your teeth from the effects of acid wear.

Read about the causes of acid wear

Tooth with a cavity on a green background

Cavities vs. Acid Wear

Explore the differences between cavities and acid wear and how they can affect your teeth.

Learn about the difference between cavities and acid wear

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How to Prevent Acid Wear

Learn about the steps you can take to prevent acid wear and protect your teeth.

Learn how to prevent acid wear