Tooth wear refers to the gradual loss of tooth structure over time, which can be caused by a number of factors including bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching. Other common causes of tooth wear include acidic foods and drinks, poor oral hygiene, and ageing.
Bruxism can lead to excessive tooth wear and even tooth fracture. Some people may not be aware that they are grinding their teeth, as it often happens during sleep. It can also be caused by stress and anxiety.
Tooth wear can lead to a number of problems, including tooth sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and changes in your bite. If left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss.
The best way to prevent tooth wear is to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist may also recommend wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent damage caused by bruxism.
If you are already experiencing tooth wear, your dentist may recommend a number of treatments depending on the severity of the damage. These can include fillings, dental bonding, or even a full mouth restoration in extreme cases.
Overall, it’s important to take care of your teeth to prevent tooth wear and keep your smile healthy and beautiful. If you’re concerned about tooth wear or have any questions about how to maintain good oral health, talk to your dentist at Paragondental today.