Applying too much pressure by brushing your teeth can actually weaken the outer layers of the tooth structure. Dental abrasion, can occur when any foreign object causes friction against your teeth and gradually wears away the enamel on the surface.
In some cases, ill-fitting retainers or partial dentures can also be to blame. The type of toothpaste you use may even be a factor as some formulas are more abrasive than others.
While there are multiple ways to treat dental abrasion, it’s always better to prevent dental issues before they start. You can start your dental treatment by following a few simple guidelines: Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, ask your dentist for tips on how to brush properly, and avoid brushing too hard, refrain from chewing on toothpicks and pencils or biting your nails and make sure removable dental appliances fit properly and have them checked on a regular basis.
If any portion of your tooth surface has begun to wear away, your dentist may be able to correct the problem with fluoride treatment. Depending on your needs, he or she may also use dental bonding or dental fillings to replace the lost tooth structure.