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Your teeth are tough. In fact, with proper care they can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are many things that can wear down your teeth. Today, we’re going to address three of the more common issues that culprits. On an important note, the wear we will be discussing does not include tooth decay or injuries caused by trauma.

Wear is often caused by teeth grinding or clenching. In fact, this can cause small cracks in your enamel, making your smile more prone to tooth decay. Grinding can also lead to headaches, damage to your jaw, and other pains. Unfortunately, many people grind subconsciously when they sleep. But, if you find that you grind your teeth at night, your dentist can help. They will be able to create a custom night guard or a splint—two dental appliances designed to counteract grinding and clenching. In other circumstances, a dentist may recommend something as simple as reducing stress. If you believe that you grind or clench your teeth, please visit your dentist. They will be able to give you specific, individualized advice.

A second reason for wear is acid, which erodes enamel. As strong as your teeth may be, acid will erode your enamel and consequently weaken them. This problem is especially common in individuals who enjoy many carbonated drink, fruit juices, or alcohol. Similarly, individuals with some health problems (such as acid reflux) can bring acid in your stomach to your mouth. Women who are pregnant also tend to have issues with acid on their teeth. To counteract this problem, we recommend cutting down on acidic drinks. Using mouthwash after finishing your beverages can also help. If you are pregnant, we recommend going to your dentist for a checkup.

Finally, you may wear down your tooth through abrasion. This is typically caused by brushing your teeth incorrectly. If you brush too hard, you may damage your enamel. When you brush, please use gentle, circular motions. If you are concerned about this type of wear, we recommend using a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles or finding non-abrasive toothpaste.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you soon.