It’s normal for the teeth to experience minor wear and tear as you get older. However, there are certain factors that can increase damage and accelerate tooth wear. At Harley Street Dental Studio, we are firm believers that prevention is better than cure, and we’re eager to protect our clients’ smiles. Here are some of the most common causes of tooth wear, some preventative tips, and some cosmetic solutions for restoring the smile.
What causes tooth wear?
Most commonly accelerated tooth wear is caused by bruxism. This is the medical term for grinding the teeth. Many people grind their teeth without even realising that they’re doing it, as it tends to be a subconscious action that takes place while you sleep. Bruxism can damage the teeth, and it can also cause TMJ disorder, a group of symptoms that affects the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the skull to the lower jaw. Signs include headaches, stiffness in the jaw, and a restricted range of movement.
Abrasion and erosion are other common causes of dental wear and tear. Erosion is caused by acids, which attack the enamel surfaces. Abrasion is usually associated with brushing too hard.
How can I prevent tooth wear?
You can reduce your risk of tooth wear by brushing gently and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks. If you do notice signs of bruxism, or a partner tells you that you’ve been grinding your teeth in your sleep, come and see us. We ca provide a custom-made bite guard, which will help to prevent you from damaging your teeth while you sleep.
Cosmetic solutions for tooth wear
If your teeth are already showing signs of damage and wear, we have a range of cosmetic solutions that could be beneficial. Our treatment options include cosmetic bonding, dental crowns and veneers.
If you’d like to find out more about how you could protect your teeth from wear and tear, call us today and book a consultation with one of our fantastic dentists.
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