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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. Typically, this problem is worse in people who grind hard or who grind often. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do if you suffer from these problems. One option is finding a way to relieve stress or to avoid stressful situations. However, if these don’t work, your dentist can give you’re a mouth guard or a splint, which can stop grinding and clenching.

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, if you do not brush your teeth properly, you may cause unnecessary wear and tear. If you brush too hard—or use abrasive toothpaste—your smile may suffer. Instead, we recommend brushing with short circular motion. Also, please remember to start in different places every time you brush, and to brush for two minutes at a time every day. A toothpaste with fluoride may also help you  protect your smile b strengthening your enamel.

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