Teeth wear down after years of use, so it’s common for elderly folks to have flat teeth. But what if your teeth seem to be wearing down prematurely?
Here are six possible causes.
You Grind Your Teeth
You may have a habit of grinding your teeth and not be aware of it. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism is a common symptom of stress and can often be treated with a custom dental nightguard.
Your Teeth Don’t Line Up Properly
Teeth wear down faster than normal if the upper and lower teeth contact each other on their biting edges. The same is true for points on upper and lower molars that directly line up with each other.
You Have a Tough Diet
Do you chew on a lot of ice, tortilla chips, granola, or nuts? A gritty diet can mechanically wear down your tooth enamel. A diet high in acids can soften tooth enamel and make it prone to physical wear.
You Hold Hard Items Between Your Teeth
If you have a habit of holding a tobacco pipe, plastic pens, or hairpins between your teeth, then you may see some rapid wear in specific spots.
You’re Missing Several Back Teeth
Your back molars are supposed to do the heavy work of chewing and grinding up your food. But if you’re missing those back teeth, then your thinner front teeth will have to do all the hard work and start to wear down quickly.
You Have a Porcelain Crown or Two
Porcelain is tougher than tooth enamel. A capped tooth can flatten an opposite uncapped tooth by rubbing against it for years.
Ask your dentist which factors are to blame for your flat teeth and what you can do to restore them.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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