Hey guys! In today’s video, we’re going to address the subject of tooth wear. How did it happen and what can I do about it?
So what do worn teeth look like?
When you have tooth wear, there’s literally a break in the tooth structure and you have flat teeth with sharp edges.
So how does this happen?
The most common reason is grinding or clenching your teeth. The clinical term for this is called Bruxism. That’s essentially rubbing together of your biting surfaces of your teeth.
Most people do this when they’re usually under some stress or in their sleep and they don’t even realize they’re doing it.
2nd reason is habits: such as chewing on ice cubes, or biting on your finger nails.
Again people don’t realize they’re doing this because they’re doing it when they’re nervous or under some sort of stress and it really damages the biting surfaces of the front teeth.
3rd is wear and tear due to aging.
This is becoming really prevalent in the older population for obvious reasons.
There are several causes for this. One simply being that the teeth have been exposed to the oral environment for such a long time and this causes wear and tear over time.
Secondly, these patients may be on medications for blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and these medications cause dry mouth. Dry mouth, in turn, leads to, makes the teeth susceptible to acid erosion and wear.
So what can you do about worn teeth?
Firstly, you need to understand the cause behind the worn teeth. If it’s a habig such as biting on your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes – STOP doing it. There’s plenty of home remedies you can look up on google.
If your dentist tells you you’ve been grinding or if you know you’ve been grinding your teeth because you’re waking up with soreness or tightness in your jaw – most likely he or she will recommend a mouth-guard.
If the wear is extensive risking nerve exposure, then you may need crowns or caps to rebuild tooth structure for these teeth.
Alright guys – If there’s anything we want you to take away from this video – is to realize that you have tooth wear.
And when you talk to your dentist about it, make sure they’re trying to determine the cause of the tooth wear before they let you know what can be done about it.
You can develop some serious sensitivity if you don’t address worn teeth.
You want to be able to address all the good things in life such as eating good bread, corn on the cob, ice cream, apples, etc.
And the only way to do this is to preserve your teeth. Don’t wait for the pain because there may not be any pain until it’s too late. So do the right thing and speak to your dentist about tooth wear.
That’s it for today guys. Thanks for watching and please leave us your comments below and keep tuning into our facebook page for more videos.