Your teeth not only give you a beautiful smile but they play a major role in your oral and overall health. Despite their importance, however, teeth can be easily worn down if you are not careful. There are many internal and outside forces that can weaken your tooth enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to damage. When you visit Clagett Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, our dentists will check for signs for tooth wear, and they will provide treatment recommendations based on your condition and lifestyle. Dr. Dan R. Clagett, Dr. Lindsey Milby, and their team are here to help keep your smile healthy and strong. Please contact us at 270-769-3306 to learn more, and to schedule your appointment today.
Tooth wear is when the surface of your teeth begins to wear down and make your tooth more susceptible to damage or decay. Every tooth is covered with a protective layer of enamel. However, enamel is not wear-resistant, and there are many things that can cause your enamel to weaken and expose the more sensitive parts of your tooth. Some of the most common ways that you can experience tooth wear are:
- Attrition: tooth wear caused by the grinding or clenching of your teeth. The amount of wear can vary, depending on how often and how long you grind or clench your teeth. Most people tend to clench or grind their teeth at night.
- Erosion: when your enamel and hard tooth surfaces are worn down from chemical forces. These chemicals can come from acidic drinks (such as soda) or medical conditions (such as acid reflux or bulimia). Over time, these acidic chemicals will cause your enamel to dissolve and expose the more sensitive areas of your tooth.
- Abrasion: tooth wear caused by an outside object. In most cases, this can come from aggressive brushing, or the excessive use of toothpicks or other dental tools.
Tooth wear can lead to several oral and overall health problems. Not only can tooth wear cause your teeth to become misshaped or jagged but it can also increase your changes of infection or gum disease. If our dentists notice signs of tooth wear, they may recommend one of many treatment options to prevent additional wear and restore your oral health. We welcome you to call or visit our practice for more information. We are here to help your smile remain healthy!