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Tooth Wear Warrnambool
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The most rigid substance found in the human body is tooth enamel.
Unlike bone and dentin, which are living tissues, it is highly mineralised and non-living.
Because your teeth bite, chew, and come into touch with acidic foods and beverages on a daily basis, the enamel is resistant to wear and chemical attacks, as it should be.
Nonetheless, tooth enamel wears down for a variety of causes. However, if tooth wear becomes obvious or extensive, treatment may be required to keep your bite functioning properly and your teeth safe. Various types of dental wear can produce sensitivity and discomfort.
Knowing how to avoid tooth wear will help keep your teeth strong and healthy!
What is Tooth Wear?
Tooth wear occurs when a piece of the surface of a tooth is lost. A certain amount of wear and tear is considered typical with age.
Certain circumstances, however, can induce tooth wear that goes beyond the normal range, resulting in serious dental problems and discomfort if nerves are exposed.
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Different Types of Tooth Wear
Abrasion, attrition, and erosion are the three types of tooth wear.
Different types of tooth wear often occur concurrently, making it difficult to define the type of tooth wear present.
Tooth wear caused by anything other than tooth to tooth contact, such as aggressive or incorrect toothbrushing, repeated use of a toothpick, or putting hairpins between the teeth.
Tooth structure loss due to tooth-to-tooth contact, such as grinding.
The presence of toxic acids in the mouth causes tooth enamel to erode away.
Tooth Wear Treatment
Patients with abfraction or abrasion may benefit from a filling placed on the side of the tooth over the affected area to prevent further wear. At the same time, this is not always medically necessary.
You can have fluoride applied at your six-month preventive care checkups or use fluoride-containing toothpaste to alleviate sensitivity.
Your Warrnambool dentist will also continue to evaluate the area of tooth wear to ensure that it does not worsen.
Although your enamel will not regrow, all is not lost!
Take the appropriate precautions to protect your smile. Knowing how to care for your teeth and following proper oral hygiene routines can help your smile last a lifetime!
5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Wear
Most dietary acids are rarely harmful in small doses, but regular exposure to large quantities of these acids can induce premature wear.
The following are some prevalent destructive behaviours to avoid:
- Sucking lemons or limes regularly
- Consuming or sucking on candy constantly, particularly “sour” candies, often include sugar and citric acid!
- Drinking a lot of soft drinks, including “diet” soft drinks, daily
- Daily lemonade consumption
- Several cups of coffee or tea per day
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Tooth Wear
1. What occurs when teeth become worn?
When a tooth’s enamel is worn away, it becomes sensitive and more prone to decay.
Crowns are frequently used to save teeth in advanced situations.
2. What are the symptoms and indicators of tooth wear?
The loss of the tooth surface, which results in a smooth, shiny look, is one indication of dental wear. Any exposed tooth root can become sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages due to this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.