Biting your nails, sucking on citrus fruits in their most acid state, whether it is an orange or a lemon, cutting thread or opening soda cans with your teeth are some of the most harmful habits that cause wear in the long term.
According to the Propdental website, teeth wear out at a rate of 0.3 millimeters every 10 years of life. This process is accompanied by receding gums and deterioration of the enamel, giving the impression that your teeth become longer. However, this is normal because, as is the case with the rest of your body, as you age, your teeth become more sensitive and start to crack with tiny everyday impacts.
The Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology highlights the importance of proper oral health throughout your life to prevent this type of problem and avoid early tooth decay. It also warns that dental wear and erosion affects all ages, so it is important to see a dentist to discuss options for dealing with the situation and, if necessary, the type of cosmetic treatment. It is essential to act in time.
The 3 most common types of wear:
- Erosion: Erosion is quite common and usually appears with age. Moderate erosion should not be a problem; however, more severe cases can result in pain or sensitivity. Physiological wear occurs due to the circular motions of the jaw, causing teeth to rub against each other, with an effect on dental crowns. The most extreme cases are caused by the bruxism (involuntary grinding of the teeth).
- Abrasion: Abrasion is caused by substances such as gastric acid, medicines and certain foods, among others, affecting both the enamel and the gums, which can cause the teeth to become more sensitive to different temperatures and also make them more prone to decay.
- Friction: If you brush them too hard, you can cause wear by friction, especially when you use a toothbrush with hard bristles instead of soft. This leads to the loss of enamel, causing sensitivity and decreasing protection against bacteria.