5 Simple Tips to Prevent Tooth WearDr Alice Yang
Have you noticed your teeth are getting thinner and shorter and your gums are receding over time? As a result you might develop poor appearance of missing gums and short teeth or dentine hyper-sensitivity or pain.
Compared to dental decays, it is more difficult to predict who is more susceptible to tooth wear. However the progression of tooth wear is generally slower, so it is not too late to stop the progression of tooth wear once it happens.
Here are some useful tips:
- Beverage/dietary modification
A reduction in the quantity and frequency of the consumption of fruits, fruit juices, carbonated drinks or any other acidic food would slow down the acid erosion of our teeth. Consuming hard cheese or dairy products after the ingestion of an acidic beverage can be beneficial in promoting the re-hardening of enamel.Chewing sugarless gum help to stimulate salivary flow, providing a rapid rise in salivary pH, which may assist in reducing the effect of the erosive agent.
- Habit changes
A change of habit, such as drinking acidic beverages through a wide bore straw and the avoidance of swishing beverages in the mouth, will help to reduce the rate of dental erosion. The avoidance of toothbrushing shortly after acid exposure (commonly practised after vomiting) will also help to reduce the rate of tooth surface loss. The avoidance of overzealous toothbrushing, the use of less abrasive toothpastes and refraining from habits such as that of pen/pencil biting will also help.
Neutral pH mouth rinse and toothpaste that contain fluoride can strengthen our enamel and combat acid damage. For more information, check out our blog on fluoride. https://middleboroughdental.com.au/how-does-fluoride-protect-your-teeth
- Desensitising therapy
Tooth Mousse ACP (GC), contains ‘Recaldent’ which is an ingredient derived from casein (part of a protein found in bovine milk) that promotes remineralisation.
- Splint therapy
Your dentist might custom make an occlusal splint which can permit muscle activity to return to normal function. Also known as the “night guards”, they work by disrupting the unwanted guiding effects of our canine teeth and also by causing tooth separation.