One way to make sure your teeth remain attractive is to avoid behaviors that might lead to visible dental wear and tear. Some changes in the shape and condition of your teeth can be hard to avoid, as the work of biting and chewing produces unavoidable friction on your enamel. With that said, some people can develop problems with teeth that seem flat, dull, or unhealthy due to too much wear. Sometimes, this problem can simply be avoided by cutting out a bad habit of biting and chewing on hard surfaces, or making an effort to brush your teeth with less force. With that said, it can also be a consequence of bruxism, a problem that can affect you during the night. Our Southlake, TX dentist’s office can help you deal with bruxism, and we can help you find a solution to problems with dental wear and tear if you are already concerned about your appearance.
Bruxism Can Lead To Dental Damage If It Is Not Addressed
Bruxism is a potentially serious problem, one that can lead to significant chips or cracks in teeth over time. The longer you wait to address this issue, the more severe the consequences might become. Your dentist can provide you with an appliance to stop you from grinding your teeth while you sleep. You can also take steps to limit how often you grind your teeth at night by controlling your reflex to grind or clench during the day, cutting alcohol and caffeine, and focusing on stress management.
Acidic Foods And Drinks Can Wear Down Your Teeth
You may be weakening your teeth without realizing it because of what you eat and drink. Over time, acidic foods and drinks can soften enamel, which means it can be more difficult to avoid problems with gradual wear and tear. Soft drinks, citrus fruits and juices, and spicy foods can be highly acidic – cutting down on these items can be beneficial.
Idly Chewing On Ice Cubes Can Wear Down Your Enamel
Something as minor as a habit of idly chewing on ice cubes can lead to wear and tear, or even damage that calls for the placement of a dental crown. By making an effort to stop this, and to stop chewing on hard surfaces in general, you can spare yourself potential dental damage.
Your Southlake, TX Dentist’s Office Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Smile!
Dr. Wright, Dr. Heron, and everyone on staff at our Southlake, TX dentist’s office is proud to provide quality care to the people in and around our community. If you are concerned by dental wear and tear that has affected your smile, or if any other issue has affected your dental well-being, we are here to help!
Call our Southlake Dental Office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.