Why are my teeth wearing down?

Have you recently noticed that your teeth are wearing down? Teeth can wear down with age due to multiple reasons and multiple patterns. However, proper oral hygiene, nutrition, and regular dental care can ensure your pearly whites stay intact for a long time. 

If you have noticed worn-down teeth, you are probably wondering why? Well, this blog will surely answer that question. 

  • Diet

Excessive consumption of sugary foods and liquids contributes to bacterial proliferation, leading to dental cavities. Sodas and other soft drinks are also acidic in nature. Constant consumption of carbonated beverages can wear down the enamel of the teeth.

In addition, high consumption of acidic foods such as lemons that contain a high amount of citric acid can also, in the long run, affect the structural integrity of the teeth. 

  • Smoking and tobacco consumption 

Smoking and chewing on tobacco can also cause your teeth to wear down and stain with time. 

  • Gastric disorders

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder) can wear down the teeth, especially the lower front teeth. This happens because the stomach acid comes in direct contact with the teeth, thus eroding and wearing them down.

  • Bruxism 

Bruxism which is habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching, can cause the teeth to be attrited. They will appear shorter than they used to and the chewing side of the teeth will appear worn off. Untreated Bruxism is also responsible for chronic headaches and jaw-joint pain and can lead to permanent jaw-joint disorders. 

If you notice that your teeth are wearing down, it may signal something more complex than just a faulty diet. It is essential to consult a dentist near you in Delaware for the same. If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us at Southern Delaware Dental Specialists.