Allen Dentist, Dr. Mentesana talks about: tooth wear - it can be as damaging as caries

Teeth grinding

When people think about having problems with their teeth, they usually thing about getting cavities or gum disease. Tooth wear can be as devastating to you as cavities, or worse. Where a cavity usually affects one tooth at a time, tooth wear affects all of the teeth and if it is not noticed and treated, it can be devastating to the teeth. The first sign of tooth wear is usually a small flattening of the teeth. Usually the canines will become flattened first. Other signs of tooth wear are small hole in the cusps of the teeth. This hole can become larger and eventually all of the enamel is gone from the chewing surface of the tooth. Tooth wear can be prevented with nigh guards and with proper alignment of the teeth. Most people are not aware that they grind their teeth, however a great amount of irreversible damage may be going on right below your nose. If you think you may be grinding your teeth and are not wearing a night guard schedule an appointment.