What is Tooth Wear?

Tooth wear is the term used to describe the progressive destruction of tooth tissue, which has not been caused by dental decay or dental trauma. The prevalence of tooth wear increases with age.  Tooth wear is usually caused by ‘Erosion’, ‘Abrasion’ and ‘Attrition’.

Erosion – It is the process in which acidic food softens the outer layer of a tooth. Many of the fruits contain significant quantities of natural acids, like lemon, grapefruit and oranges. Other common sources of acidic food include yoghurt, chewable vitamin C tablets, carbonated drinks and some of the processed foods. Tooth erosion does not happen overnight but is a continuous process.  To avoid erosion, rinse your mouth with water after eating fruit to dilute the acids in your mouth.