Do you see notches in your mouth?

Do you see notches similar to these in your mouth? You might have abrasion.
People often confuse this with gum recession, and sometimes gum recession accompanies root abrasion, but not always.
What is abrasion?
Abrasion is the loss of tooth structure by mechanical forces from a foreign element.  Tooth structure is composed of crown and root. The root portion (dentin) is weaker than the crown portion (enamel). Enamel is the strongest bone in the body while dentin is relatively soft.  Using a stiff toothbrush and/or abrasive toothpaste can cause structural  damage to your root surface.  This resulting damage is called abrasion.
Several factors can cause abrasion, but these are the top three:
1. tooth brush
A soft tooth brush is better for your teeth and gums than a hard one.  Some people feel the need to “scrub” their teeth, but keep in mind that we are cleaning live teeth, not  tires. We recommend using an extra soft toothbrush with a very thin bristle and gently cleaning your teeth and gums with a circular motion.
 2. tooth paste
 Every tooth paste contains either silica or silicon dioxide to make the teeth smooth. However if there is to much in the paste, it can abrade your  tooth structure.  The RDH number on the package represents the abrasive level.  We recommend below 70.
Please check your tooth paste RDA number below.
3. pH
 pH is the level of acidity. Below pH 7 represents acidic and above pH 7 represents alkalic. We recommend a pH higher than  7 in the mouth for 2 reasons:
1) When our mouth is acidic, tooth structure becomes weak because calcium and phosphate leach from the tooth.
2)  Bacteria likes an acidic environment. This is one of the reasons dental professionals discourage drinking soda and energy drinks.
Abrasion can also be cause by the forces of your bite, however this is a less frequent cause.
If you have tooth sensitivity, please come and get it checked out as soon as possible. If you have esthetic concerns  we can help you with that as well.  Usually we can just cover the abraded area with tooth colored composite.

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