Abrasion can occur in a variety of ways, including: V-shaped notches along the gum line The destruction of the teeth’ biting surfaces
Tooth abrasion can be caused by certain dietary habits, such as eating very hard or hard-to-treat foods.
In moderation, this is not a cause for concern. However, an excessive consumption of particularly abrasive foods, such as sunflowers, certain grains, and nuts, can cause teeth to become more sensitive to abrasive substances.
Toothpaste comes in a variety of abrasiveness levels. Since you are exposed to an abrasive toothpaste every day, it’s important to choose products that will reduce your teeth’ abrasive risk.
For example, toothbrushes have extremely hard bristles, and some toothpastes contain extremely abrasive particles.
Abrasion is most commonly seen as a bright V-shaped indentation at the gum line of the teeth, resulting in a notched appearance. A destructive diet will also result in a flaking appearance on the chewing surfaces of my back teeth.
Tooth abrasion can be a cause of tooth discoloration. The abrasion is resulting in thinning of the white enamel layer ont eh surface of the tooth. The most effective way to prevent tooth discoloration is to use a toothpaste that is low in abrasive substances. The abrasivity of a tooth is measured in RDA value (Relative Abrasiveness) and ranges from 0 – 250. The harmful RDA values, which are too abrasive, range from 150 – 250.
Tooth brushing should be done with a gentle toothbrush and the correct brushing technique with moderate force with toothpaste which is less than 150 abrasivity.
Keep an eye on my teeth to see tooth abrasion is continuing to develop.
If there is only a small amount of abrasion, then you may be able to apply fluoride to reduce the chance of decay or sensitivity.
In more severe cases, or where decay is present, you may need to see a Dentist for a restoration to be placed.
If the tooth is weak or you have an aesthetic concern, then you may need more advanced restorative treatment like a crown, veneer or an onlay.
Given time, Tooth Abrasion will damage the appearance or structure of your teeth and can cause sensitivity, decay and, in extreme cases, tooth loss.
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