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Dental Abrasion

Dental abrasion is a mechanical wearing of the tooth surface caused by external forces. Abnormal brushing technique with excessive pressure, using a hard-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste, nail-biting habit, and biting hard objects are responsible for abrasion of teeth. Since physical forces cause it, we can prevent it by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoiding abrasive toothpaste, following a proper brushing technique, and overcoming oral habits.

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My upper front teeth feels extremely sensitive. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My front upper right tooth spontaneously became extremely sensitive to heat yesterday while drinking hot liquid in the middle of the day. Shortly after, it became painful, primarily when touched or biting. I can also feel some throbbing from the root or gum. Today it is still painful. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sensitivity could be due to tooth abrasion. But pain indicates a pulpal or a periodontal pathology (pain due to decay tooth or problem with the gums involving the tooth). An X-ray could probably be of good help in such a situation. Maybe, you had a hit to the tooth ...  Read Full »

Does regular lemon intake cause my front teeth to look awful?

Query: Hello doctor, I have eaten lemons all my life and now have no enamel on my front two teeth. It is not painful but it looks awful and feels bumpy and I am scared they will eventually corrode.  Read Full »

Dr. Vijeta Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please quit your habit of eating lemon to prevent further erosion of enamel in other teeth. Rinse your mouth after taking an acidic beverage. Get x-rays of 11, 12, 21, 22 (if upper jaw teeth are involved) or 31, 32, 41, 42 (if lower jaw front teeth are involved). Treatmen...  Read Full »

Can the use of retainers or excessive brushing wear down my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I observed horizontal wear on my tooth surface while brushing my teeth. I have had my braces. Is it because of the retainers that had abraded my teeth? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The horizontal whitish area is a demineralized zone. This means that the enamel in that zone started losing its calcium. This is the initial stage of tooth decay. If you feel a dip in that region, it has started to...  Read Full »

I am feeling strange after vigorously brushing my tooth for several times. Please help me doctor.

Query: Hello doctor, After lunch, food got stuck in my upper back molar region. I took my toothbrush and tried to scrub it to get it out. It did not come out so I kept scrubbing my tooth. In the process, I pushed my brush too far and kept hitting the spot behind my back molar a few times. I am not sure wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Vigorous brushing cannot damage any nerves but might hurt the gums leading to some tissue surface abrasions. It is nothing to be worried about. So, gargle with warm water or saline twice a day for healthy gums a...  Read Full »

How to manage tooth wear due to pica?

Query: Hi doctor, My tooth enamel has worn down a lot in the last few years due to consumption of non-food items. I have heavy wear on my tooth with sensitivity. I have a lot of chips. I need expert advice. What are the procedures that can be done? Every dentist tells me to brush my teeth more and reduc...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to PICA is a disorder where people eat non-food items with no nutritional value compulsively. For example, they can eat ice (pagophagia), hair (trichophagia), metal (metallophagia), soil (geophagia). Kindly mention more specifically about the things you eat. Kindly upload ...  Read Full »

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