Brushing up on abrasion
The public at large are relatively well informed about the importance of brushing and flossing to maintain a satisfactory level of oral health, and embrace this message to varying degrees.
What appears to be much less well known is that there can be tooth wear challenges posed by what one might call over-exuberant toothbrushing, in the form of abrasion.
Clinical signs that abrasion may be occurring:
• Teeth may become less white as some of the outer surface is lost
• Front teeth may become sharp or chipped
• Chewing surfaces may wear flat and take on a shiny, pitted appearance.
• Restorations such as crowns and bridges may stand proud of the natural teeth.
An important preventive message to share with patients, therefore, is the need for gentle but effective brushing. Experience has shown that many people mistake brushing hard for brushing well! It may also be appropriate for the dentist or hygienist to demonstrate the best brushing technique for the patient, and to recommend the use of a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
If you would like help tackle this growing problem, The London Tooth Wear Centre offers an evidence-based and comprehensive approach to managing tooth wear, using the latest clinical techniques and an holistic approach in a professional and friendly environment.