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Tooth wear signs

Leila Haywood

Tooth wear is the loss of the tooth surface that is not caused by decay, which can happen as part of a natural wear process throughout life. In certain circumstances, due to diet, environmental, lifestyle factors along with biological factors in the mouth,  tooth wear is accelerated causing permanent damage and potentially loss of teeth. 

With advanced tooth wear, loss of large sections of the tooth surface enamel results in exposure of the underlying dentine, which can cause mild to severe sensitivity. The dental pulp may become damaged by severe wear, which causes infection, abscess and even tooth loss.  The management of tooth wear is complex and time consuming and depends on the amount of tooth structure that has been lost and how much is remaining, the individual, and careful assessment in consideration of symptoms. In some cases teeth can be repaired using direct or indirect restorations, and treatment of the pulp if it has been damaged, and in other cases of extensive damage, extraction of a tooth may be required.

Tooth wear signs to look out for:

  1. Notches of tooth missing along the neck of your tooth near the gum line when you smile or when you run your finger nail against the smooth surface of your tooth near the gum line

  2. Lines of yellow dentine showing through at the biting edge of your teeth or yellow looking teeth

  3. Chipping away of the tooth or teeth that feel sharp

  4. Flatting of the edge of the teeth and shortening of the tooth as it wears away

  5. Pain or tenderness in the jaw muscles

  6. Lock jaw or tension headaches

  7. A change in the bite or pain when biting the teeth together

  8. Damaged fillings and teeth falling apart

  9. Fracture lines when you look at your teeth in bright light

  10. Thinning or weak feeling teeth

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We commonly see tooth wear; see the yellow lines which are where the dentine, the inside layer of the tooth is exposed. The teeth are thinning out and the tooth enamel is Chipping away. Some resin has been used to try to rebuild one of the teeth and it is failing and chipping away also. The teeth also have radiating hair line fractures. These teeth were rebuilt with three quarter porcelain crowns 7 years ago, which are extremely strong and have stood the test of time.

We commonly see tooth wear; see the yellow lines which are where the dentine, the inside layer of the tooth is exposed. The teeth are thinning out and the tooth enamel is Chipping away. Some resin has been used to try to rebuild one of the teeth and it is failing and chipping away also. The teeth also have radiating hair line fractures. These teeth were rebuilt with three quarter porcelain crowns 7 years ago, which are extremely strong and have stood the test of time.

an occlusal splint, custom made and worn to prevent tooth wear

an occlusal splint, custom made and worn to prevent tooth wear

Sports products and oral health

Leila Haywood

Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

Thinning enamel makes teeth more vulnerable to decay

sports drinks and dentistry

Tooth decay and erosion are on the rise. At least part of this disease process is thought to be due to the increasing use of specialised sports products designed to proved nutirents and fluid during exercise. Many of these are high in carbohydrates for readily available energy and electrolytes, however many have acidic ingredients to alter the taste or prolong the shelf life. Of course the combination of sugar and acidicity is damaging to the teeth.  Sports products have been used by athletes for a long time to add to fuel stores and to promote rapid recovery of glycogen stores following exercise, but in the last few year they have been heavily marketed to he general public, and of particular concern, is their regular use by children ⚠️

 

 

Important points: 

🍭 main ingredients are carbohydrates -> sugar!  

-  Acidity is 2.4 - 4:5 

⚠️ when dehydrated the saliva dries up, and makes the teeth vulnerable to attack by sugars and acids

⚠️ rinsing a mouthguard in sports drink allows the damaging acids and sugars to pool around the teeth  

😷 people are using these as fuelling mouth rinses for short duration physical activity because it is thought that carbohydrates message the brain to delay fatigue.

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⚠️ workout supplements are promoted as an anabolic or muscle building possibility in resistance training. They are usually protein with small amounts of carbohydrate and other things like caffeine, creatine.  Most have citric or malic acid added for flavour which is damaging to the teeth. 

 

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Sports gels or lollies are easy to digest and carry, and of course the trouble occurs because they are highly concentrated sources of sugar, with many containing acid to alter the taste or to prolong the shelf life.  

 

When cosumed with sports drinks, the combination is disastrous. 

 

Some tips: 

 

💧 drink tap water for low intensity training and always for children. 

⚠️ Use sports drinks and supplements with extreme caution. 

😷 Calcium in foods might help to counteract some of the damage, and help in recovery.

 ⚠️ avoid rinsing moth guards with sports drink

💦 drink lots of water to ensure that the saliva is healthy. 

🍋 avoid acidic foods or beverages before bed

⭐️ seek the assistance of an accredited sports dietician if necessary  

⭐️ 6 monthly preventive care appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist  

 

 

 

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Sugar Intake

Leila Haywood

Source: Women's Health  

Source: Women's Health  

How to keep your teeth and waist line healthy!! Sugar intake is the KEY for healthy teeth!! Did you know that tooth decay affects up to 92% of adults?

Make sure you're aware of these 56 other names of sugar which could be causing you tooth decay!  

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