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Abnormal Tooth Wear and How to Prevent It

MouthHuman teeth are incredibly strong and durable and, if we take proper care of them, our teeth can last us a lifetime. However, wear and tear on the teeth is normal as we age, which means we’ll need to be even more vigilant about how we care for our teeth. As long as you’re brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your general dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and exam, you’ll benefit from good oral health.

Abnormal Tooth Wear

There are a few factors that can increase the rate at which your teeth begin to wear. Increased tooth wear can lead to dental problems and even tooth loss. Below are a few risk factors that may cause your teeth to wear down more quickly:

  • Bruxism – Bruxism is the habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, usually during sleep. Bruxism can be caused by stress or by certain sleep disorders and can cause the teeth to become damaged. Luckily, the symptoms of bruxism can be easily treated by wearing a night guard to bed. The night guard will prevent the teeth from clenching and grinding against one another, protecting them from damage and wear.
  • Bad Habits – Bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pens and pencils, or using teeth to open packages can also cause damage to the enamel of the teeth. This will increase the likelihood of developing tooth decay, dental cavities and other oral health issues.
  • Acidic Diet – Constantly exposing your tooth enamel to acids can wear the enamel away and accelerate tooth wear. We recommend eating and drinking acidic foods and beverages sparingly and brushing your teeth after especially acidic meals.
  • Gum Recession – When the gums begin to recede, this can result in the loss of tooth enamel. This is known as abfraction, which can be easily prevented by practicing good oral health habits. Gum recession can also lead to gingivitis, which, if left untreated, can cause infections in the teeth or the eventual loss of the teeth.

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we know how important it is for patients to be aware of how they can best care for their teeth. If you need to make an appointment for a regular dental cleaning and exam, please contact your family dentist. If you have any endodontic concerns, feel free to call Endodontic Specialists at one of our three locations in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

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