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Here are a few tips for reducing tooth wear associated with grinding, erosion and toothbrush abrasion:

  • Reduce/eliminate acidic drinks (soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, wine, fruit juice etc)
  • Reduce/eliminate acidic foods (citrus fruits, vinegar salad dressings, tomatoes etc)
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain good saliva flow
  • Reduce caffeine intake (tea, coffee, coke etc) – caffeine is a diuretic which reduces saliva quantity
  • After having an acidic drink/foods – rinse mouth with water/chew sugar-free gum
  • Get a night guard/occlusal splint made – helps with grinding/clenching of teeth (we need to take an impression of the teeth firstly)
  • Use a high concentrated fluoride toothpaste and/or Tooth Mousse at home – this will help to slow down the erosion by hardening the tooth structure.
  • Use an electric toothbrush – we recommend the oscillating OralB/Braun
  • Use a soft toothbrush in a small circular motion – no scrubbing
  • Be mindful of grinding/clenching during the day – it’s helpful to keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth at rest….this helps to naturally separate teeth.
  • If you sleep on your side, tilt your head back slightly – it’s harder to clench
  • Seek help from a physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor or massage therapist to attend to tension in the head/neck region.

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