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Attrition is the gradual losses of enamel through wear.
Normal speaking and eating may cause a small amount of attrition, but this typically doesn’t produce excessive wear.
More extreme cases of attrition are typically caused by Bruxism, the grinding of teeth against teeth.
Erosion is the chemical wear of tooth enamel.
Typically this kind of wear is caused by an acid. Citric acid is one of the most common agents.
Citrus fruit (lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit) contain citric acid, as do most soft drinks and citrus juices (like lemonade).
Some candies also contain citric acid.
Many soft drinks contain additional harmful acids.
Coffee and tea also contain corrosive acids.
Bulimic individuals (people who intentionally and repeatedly induce vomiting) also expose their teeth to very strong stomach acids.
Abrasion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by a foreign object. Common causes of abrasion are:
Occasional exposure to most dietary acids is rarely a problem, but repeated exposure to high levels of these acids can cause premature wear.
Some common habits to avoid are:
Even if you only occasionally eat or drink highly acidic foods, it’s a good idea to at least rinse your mouth with fresh water when you are finished in order to reduce the amount of time the acids have to work on your teeth.
If you would like more information on worn teeth or cosmetic dentistry, please contact Smile Concepts on 02 9267 7777
Dr. Manish Shah is a cometic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.
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