What Causes Worn Down Teeth?

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What Causes Worn Down Teeth?

Worn-down teeth are not ideal because they are not aesthetically appealing and they can also be painful. When your teeth look small, are sensitive, are chipped, and/or are yellowing, you may be suffering from worn-down teeth. If this is true, it is important to get in touch with your dentist sooner rather than later.

In San Diego, Dr. McBride is a San Diego dentist that can examine your mouth and determine if you do have worn down teeth. Should this be the case, the good news is that there are treatment options that can fix the problem. Dr. McBride can discuss with you what options are available and which approaches would be best to help you with your worn-down teeth. But first, understanding how worn-down teeth can manifest may be helpful.

Why Do Teeth Wear Down?

What Causes Worn Down TeethThe reason why worn down teeth cause pain is because when teeth are ground away, so is their protective enamel. Without enamel, the teeth are prone to sensitivity.  Also, the lack of enamel means that the inner parts of the teeth are more exposed. Because of this, teeth will also have a yellow hue.

There are several reasons why a person’s teeth would become worn down including:


Over time your mouth gets a lot of use and as a result, your teeth have to do plenty of work. Because of the constant chewing along with eating and drinking foods that are acidic, the enamel can only hold up to so much. Eventually, it will wear away. Wear and tear with age wears down teeth.


Some people grind their teeth, most often subconsciously. This can happen during sleep or even during the day. Certain medications and excessive stress can cause a person to clench their jaw and grind their teeth. This constant grinding will wear away enamel and wear down teeth.

Acidic Foods

Acidic foods will destroy enamel by eroding it away. Examples of highly acidic foods include carbonated beverages, fruit juice, and citrus.

Chewing and Biting Improper Items

Your teeth are made to help you break down the food you should be eating. Your teeth are not bottle openers, made to rip packages apart, and they can be damaged by chewing hard items like ice or candy. Also when you brush, be gentle. Aggressive brushing is damaging and can wear teeth down.

Some of these reasons why teeth can be worn down are self-inflicted and can be corrected with new behavior. For instance, if you bite your nails, you should stop because this is bad for your teeth. However, bruxism is something that a dentist may be able to treat. The San Diego preventative dentist at McBride Dental can help you with dental health issues like worn-down teeth and bruxism. One of the things that you may need to add to your nightly routine is wearing a protective mouthguard that will safeguard your teeth should you grind them when you sleep.

Speak with a San Marcos Dentist Today

If your teeth are worn down, you can address the issue. Veneers, resin bonding, or crowns are just a few examples of dental restorative options that can help. To learn more, please call the San Marcos cosmetic dentist at McBride Dental to discuss your options during a free consultation at (760) 471-100.

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