Types of Tooth Wear in Delray Beach, FL
Our teeth will experience many types of wearing down during our lifetime. Even with the best possible oral hygiene and maintenance done on a daily basis, the teeth can experience loss of tooth structure. This is very normal as we age. You’ve probably heard of our teeth losing its enamel over time, but did you know that wear may actually progress to the more sensitive portion of the tooth known as “dentin”? Although tooth enamel is very strong and highly resistant to many forms of wear, it is still possible to lose the enamel we need to protect our teeth. If this happens, your dentist will have to step in to help your teeth function properly.
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Types of tooth wear
There are several types of wear that can happen with the teeth. A few of the more common are as follows:
- Abrasion: This type of wear damages the outer covering, which is known as the enamel portion of your tooth. It is caused by something continually rubbing or scraping the tooth, which is normally from brushing too hard. Other factors attributed to abrasion may be the constant insertion and removal of dental appliances, such as retainers or partial dentures. One other culprit that leads to tooth abrasion is tongue jewelry. The constant rubbing against the teeth from playing with your oral jewelry can be very damaging to the teeth.
- Erosion: Acidic substances cause erosion of the enamel. Many of us have heard it said time and time again that soda can have this effect on the teeth. Well, it’s true. Any drink that has acidic properties such as sports energy drinks, fruit juices, and yes – soda, can wear down your tooth’s enamel leading to tooth wear.
- Attrition: Attrition is caused by grinding of the teeth. If you continually grind or clench your teeth, you are at a higher risk of attrition. This usually takes place when you are asleep. It is known as “bruxism” when you habitually clench or grind.
How can I prevent tooth wear?
As stated previously, tooth wear is a part of the aging process. However, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce wear and tear on the teeth. A few preventive measures can be taken:
- Reduce the intake of acidic and carbonated drinks
- Avoid brushing your teeth directly after drinking acidic drinks and foods for approximately 20-30 minutes
- If you suffer from bruxism, be sure to wear a nightguard when you go to bed at night
- Ask your dentist about which toothpaste and toothbrush might be best for you
If you feel that you have mild, moderate, or even excessive tooth wear and you would like to help prevent further wear, please contact our office at 561-495-2099 to set up an appointment to meet with your expert dentist at Advanced Dentistry South Florida, or visit our contact page to get more information. We look forward to helping you with your tooth wear and to get you back to great oral and overall health.