Luckily, our teeth are incredibly strong and durable. As long as we brush and floss every day, and visit the dentist every six months for dental cleanings and exams, it’s possible to keep our teeth for a lifetime! However, even the healthiest teeth will begin to see some wear as the years go by. This is something you need to keep in mind as you age, so you can continue to keep your teeth healthy.
How to Prevent Tooth Wear
There are certain things that can speed the progression of damage to the tooth enamel. Below are a few of these things and how you can prevent them from causing damage to or even loss of teeth:
Biting or Chewing Non-Food Objects – Having a nervous habit of chewing on non-food items (such as fingernails, pen caps, or using teeth to open packages) can be very damaging to the tooth enamel. The contact with these objects can cause the enamel to wear away, weakening the teeth and making them more susceptible to dental cavities and tooth decay.
Bruxism – Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of your teeth, usually during sleep. This condition has been known to accelerate tooth wear. Bruxism is commonly caused by stress or by certain sleep disorders and you may not even know you have it. There is a way to prevent the damage done by bruxism with the help of a night guard. This is an accessory worn to bed that prevents the teeth from coming into contact with each other during clenching or grinding.
Diet High in Acid – Allowing your teeth to come into constant contact with highly acidic foods or beverages can damage the enamel and weaken the tooth. To avoid this problem, we suggest cutting back on acidic foods and sodas. Gastric reflux can also cause acid to come into contact with tooth enamel. Please visit your doctor if you believe you suffer from acid reflux.
Abfraction – Abfraction occurs when gum recession causes loss of tooth enamel. To prevent abfraction, we recommend following a strict oral hygiene routine and being especially vigilant about keeping gum health intact.
If you’re concerned about abnormal tooth wear, please don’t hesitate to contact SpringRock Dental here in Aurora, CO. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your dental health.