What Causes Tooth Erosion
Protecting your smile is important for your oral health and your confidence. Although your teeth are made of strong materials, you may be wearing them down without even realizing it. Here are three causes of tooth erosion that you can prevent with the help of a Brooklyn dentist.
Grinding and Clenching
While grinding food is the main function of your teeth, you should be grinding your teeth against each other. The friction of your teeth rubbing together could cause serious damage like fractured fillings and worn down enamel. You could be grinding your teeth while you sleep, or during the day for a variety of different reasons. Your Brooklyn dentist can help you determine if your tooth grinding is caused by any of the following:
- Stress or anxiety
- Side effects of medication
- Sleep Apnea
- Teeth Alignment
Whether you are aware that the teeth grinding is occurring or not, taking steps to prevent it like sleeping with a mouth guard can help you preserve your smile.
Chipped, Fractured, or Broken Teeth
Chipped or broken teeth happen when heavy force or pressure is applied to your teeth. This can happen by biting down on a hard object like a hard pretzel, ice, or even objects like pens. This can also be caused by accidents or injuries. Sports injuries are the leading cause of dental injuries in children.
You can prevent these types of dental injuries by not biting down on super hard foods, ice, or candies. It is also important to refrain from opening packages with your mouth or chewing pens and pencils. If you play sports, have your Brooklyn dentist fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from sports injuries.
Acid is one of the easiest ways to erode the enamel on your teeth, because you may not be aware of the things that cause it. Acid eats away at surfaces, and can be found in many foods and beverages that you consume every day. You could be exposing your teeth to acid erosion from the following sources:
- Acidic drinks and foods like citrus fruits, soda, coffee, wine, or energy drinks
- Sugar, which is broken down into harmful acid by bacteria in your mouth
- Acid reflux, which brings stomach acids into your mouth
- Frequent vomiting, which causes stomach acid to come in contact with teeth
Enamel erosion is a major threat to your smile. Talk with your Brooklyn dentist about ways that you can prevent tooth erosion and continue to smile with confidence.