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Teeth wearing, also known as erosion, can be caused by eating and drinking too many foods and liquids that have a high acidic content, which, over time, wear away the enamel of your teeth. Drinking too many highly acidic beverages, such as soft drinks and juices, can eventually destroy tooth structure, causing permanent damage. Teeth wearing can also be caused by acid reflux or heartburn, frequent vomiting, dry mouth, certain drugs and supplements, and teeth grinding.
Philip Uffer, DDS, Dentistry, answered
there are a number of conditions that can cause abnormal wear on teeth. Some of them are
- acid reflux
- eating disorders
- misaligned teeth
- diets that have high acid content
- restorative materials that are more abrasive than enamel (certain kinds of porcelain can wear down the opposing teeth when you bite)
Dan Jenkins, Dentistry, answered
The actual "wearing" of teeth would indicate something mechanical is causing the loss of tooth structure. This type of loss would be on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The grinding of teeth that are not aligned properly can cause this but other factors come into play. Grinding teeth can be a reaction to stress or the muscles of chewing searching for a comfortable place to rest and the teeth may be getting in the way of finding "home." Clenching can also cause the wear on teeth. This again may be from stress or a bad bite. Clenching while asleep is common among people who suffer from sleep disorders.
For many years the loss of tooth structure on the sides of teeth has been blamed on brushing with a hard brush or excessive brushing. Some dentists feel it also may be due to a bad bite. Some studies have shown that those who wear a night guard can reduce the wear of teeth both on the chewing surfaces as well as the sides of the teeth. I read one study that indicated that those who drink acidic liquids combined with vigorous brushing with a hard brush show the most reduction of tooth material on the sides of the teeth.
If you are experiencing tooth wear you should consult your dentist and discuss this with them. You can wear a night guard and minimize your damage but it would be best to find the cause and treat that rather than just the symptoms!
Jerry Gordon, Dentistry, answeredWorn teeth are caused by grinding or clenching our teeth, but can also occur naturally due to normal use over time. In some cases, worn teeth may need to be filled or crowned (also capped), and teeth with severe wear may require root canal or extraction. Wear caused by clenching or grinding may be treated by wearing an appliance that is custom-made by your dentist.