Worn Down Teeth
Worn down teeth can be caused by many things. It can affect the way your smile looks, the sensitivity of your teeth and more. At Painfree Dentistry we can give you guidance and high-quality care to fix worn down teeth.
What are worn teeth?
Worn teeth are what happens when the enamel gets worn away. The loss of enamel can cause sensitive teeth that are more likely to suffer from decay. In some cases, a crown may be needed to save any damaged teeth.
How Do Our Teeth Get Worn?
Several things can cause worn down teeth. The important thing you should know is that it is not your fault and it can be fixed. Here are some of the common issues that cause tooth wear.
Attrition is the name of the gradual loss of enamel through wear and tear. This can occur in normal daily things including speaking and eating. This is only a small way in which enamel can be worn down. The more extreme cases are caused by Bruxism. This is when the teeth grind together. Patients are usually unaware of this grinding because it often happens while they sleep.
Abrasion is what happens when the enamel is worn away by an object. The most common causes of abrasion include:
Brushing – Using a toothbrush that is too hard or too long can wear down enamel.
Oral Jewelry – Piercings around the mouth such as a lip or tongue piercings can wear down enamel. This usually occurs on the adjacent teeth.
Daily Life – Habits we do in our everyday lives can cause enamel wear. These include biting fingernails, chewing on pens and more.
Erosion occurs when it is exposed to acids like citric acid. Your teeth can easily be exposed to citric acid because it is in some food and drink. It is present in citrus fruits like lemons and limes, it is in some soft drinks and juices, some candies and tea and coffee. Most of the time this doesn’t cause a problem however if the teeth are repeatedly exposed to high levels it can cause wear in the teeth. Here are some common habits to avoid.
- Eating sour candies regularly. Candy contains sugar and often citric acid.
- Drinking several cups of tea or coffee daily. Try and drink less of these.
- Drinking soft drinks, even the diet ones. Cutback on how much of these your drink.
- Consuming citric fruits like lemons and limes. Cut back on fruits like grapefruit and drinks like lemonade.
We are not saying you can’t have these but just try and cutback. If you do eat or drink these then rinse your mouth with water after. This can reduce the amount of time the acid sits on your teeth.
Worn teeth and its effects can be fixed. At Painfree Dentistry we offer a variety of treatments and guidance on how to keep your mouth healthy. We can give you:
- A smile you are proud of
- Efficient and successful treatment
- Higher self-esteem due to a healthy and beautiful smile
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Brighter and stronger teeth