Common Causes of Excessive Tooth Wear

Everyone wants the perfect Hollywood smile, but it takes more than regular brushing to achieve it. You’ll need to visit your dentist regularly and take their advice regarding what changes need to be made to get that perfect smile.

If you’re going for the perfect smile you’re probably going to want some fantastic dental veneers. But, you need to understand how your teeth work in order to maintain your beautiful teeth. 

Understand Your Teeth

To understand common causes of excessive tooth wear you need to understand how the tooth is made up. At the heart of each tooth is soft pulp, this houses the nerves. To protect this pup there is a layer of dentin, this is harder than pulp and offers some protection from an array of attacks.

On top of the dentin is the enamel, this is one of the hardest substances known to man, it protects the dentin and the pulp, providing your enamel is there you’re tooth is likely to be fine;

But, enamel is tough, not indestructible.   

It can be damaged, when this happens the dentin and the pulp can be damaged, causing tooth weakness and necessitating fillings or more.

Here are the most common causes of excessive tooth wear:

Sugared Drinks

Sugar is in most food and drinks, it is also highly addictive. But, more problematic is the fact that sports drinks are becoming extremely popular and these are effectively little more than sugared water. 

The sugar you consume sticks to your teeth, it then binds with bacteria in your mouth and produces acid. It is this acid that attacks the enamel on your teeth. 

Consuming an excessive number of sports drinks or other sugary products will cause excessive tooth wear.

Grinding

Another major issue is when you grind your teeth. You’re effectively rubbing enamel against enamel which wears the surfaces down. 

Some people grind their teeth when they are stressed, others grind without knowing it when they’re asleep. You’ll need assistance to prevent you from grinding in the future. 

Brushing Too Hard

When you see people with receding gums the common perception is that they have gum disease. However, this is not always the case. It is possible and more common than you may think, for people to brush their teeth too hard.

In the process you’ll damage the gum at the base of your tooth, this can allow infections into the area at the base of your tooth, either causing gum disease or damaging the inside of your teeth, without ever having got through the enamel coating!

Acid reflux

If you’ve experienced a burning pain in the back of your throat then you’ve probably experienced heartburn, also known as acid reflux. It occurs when acid travels backward from the stomach and into the back of your throat. 

It’s a disease that your doctor can help with and you should get it looked at soon. When the acid hits your mouth it actually attacks your teeth, causing excessive tooth wear.