Attrition and abrasion are two natural processes that can dramatically change the appearance and function of your smile over time. This short article from our Glendale dentists is all about these two phenomena, and what you can do to counteract them. Keep reading to learn more…
Dental attrition is a type of deterioration that is caused by tooth-on-tooth contact. When your top and bottom teeth rub against each other, that force creates attrition. While some attrition is unavoidable—we can’t completely prevent our teeth from meeting when we chew or speak—there are conditions, like bruxism, that can increase rates of attrition.
While attrition is all about tooth-on-tooth contact, abrasion refers to dental wear that develops from outside forces coming into contact with our teeth. When patients brush too aggressively, for example, or use toothbrushes that are too firm, abrasion results. Toothpicks also wear away healthy enamel, which is why it is preferable to use gentle floss to refresh and clean your smile.
To protect our smiles from abrasion and attrition, we want to strengthen our natural enamel and minimize high-risk behaviors and threats. With that in mind you can…
- Use fluoridated products and treatments to strengthen enamel
- Minimize your consumption of acidic foods and drinks, as acids soften enamel
- Utilize gentle oral hygiene tools to clear away bacteria
- Refrain from chewing on ice or hard candies, as this can accelerate rates of abrasion
- Work with your dentist to promptly treat bruxism (chronic tooth grinding and clenching)
Our Glendale dentists are here to help you make a plan for caring for your smile, and minimizing the effects abrasion and attrition. Get more information by giving our team a call, or using the Contact Us page on our site!