Attrition, Erosion and Fractures

Dental Attrition, Erosion, and Abfracture

Teeth have a natural wear and tear that slowly causes them to lose surface area to chew with as we age.

Attrition is the loss of tooth due to mechanical grinding or interaction with other teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding is a form of attrition that can occur during sleep and night grinders are often unaware that they are their teeth are witling away while they are not even awake. Nail biting is another habit that causes teeth wear and can prematurely destroy your dental health.

Erosion is the loss of tooth due to chemicals such as: acidic juices, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, hard candy, or stomach acid.

Abfraction is the theoretical loss of tooth caused by forces placed onto teeth during chewing or grinding. This form of tooth loss is created by forces pushing the tooth in different directions and is shown as lesions along the gumline.

Abrasion is the loss of tooth due to the interaction between a foreign object and teeth. This type of tooth wear can occur via the improper usage of a toothbrush or the repeated clashing of a lip or tongue piercing with teeth.

Looking for advice or help with dental attrition? Contact an experienced attrition dentist at Carson & Carson, DDS today. (805) 983-0717

Erosion Starts Early

Results data from a 2000 National Survey showed that most people by the age of 35 have enough wear on their teeth that at least one surface of a tooth has the deeper, yellowish dentine layer exposed:Dental Attrition in an older individual

  • 17% for age 12
  • 30% for age 15
  • 38% for ages 16-24
  • 76% for ages 35-44
  • 93% for ages 65+

Tooth wear can affect any individual, regardless of age. So, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is critical in sustaining the health of your teeth for a lifetime.

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Tips on Prevention

There are a few habits that are particularly damaging to the longevity of your teeth and should be avoided to prevent the erosion, attrition, abrasion, or abfracture of your pearly whites.

  • Be sure to visit your dentist semiannually, at the very least, to avoid being blindsided by attrition that can slowly diminish the sate of your oral health without your knowledge.
  • Frequently drinking carbonated beverages or acidic fruit juices will erode your teeth quickly.
  • Do not brush your teeth shortly after consuming food or drinks that are high in acidity as the brushing can damage the enamel layer recently weakened by this acidic presence. This is a common cause of enamel wear on teeth.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth too vigorously or scrubbing too hard as this can also cause enamel wear on teeth.Well used toothbrush. Time for a new brush!
  • Use a soft-bristled brush and change your toothbrushes out frequently.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry such as lip or tongue rings for extended periods of time.
  • Avoid toothpastes containing abrasives and opt for fluoride based toothpastes instead. Abrasives can remove stains from the outer layer of your teeth, but in doing so they also lead to enamel wear that can expose the underlying, yellow dentin layer of the tooth. On the other hand, fluoride based toothpastes promote the natural growth of the outer enamel layer to help better protect teeth over time.

Attrition Case Studies

Early Attrition, Advanced Attrition, Lemon Attrition
Citric acid from lemons is a common dental problem and completely destroys teeth at an early age. I have seen cases of teen-agers that have ruined their front teeth from sucking on lemons all the time.

Browse more of our attrition case studies here.

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Interested in teeth whitening or a preventative dental service that could add years to the lifespan of your natural chompers? Call or make an appointment today with an experienced attrition dentist to discuss possible options and treatments with the dental office providing excellent service to Oxnard for over 45 years: Carson & Carson, DDS. 1-805-983-0717

Read our list of common dental problems to learn more about other oral health issues that many Americans face.

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Lamont Yvon
Lamont Yvon
22:50 15 Mar 18
I have had a lot of procedures including 8 implants. There is no better dentist office than Carson and Carson. Dr. Derek Carson (the son of Dr. Leroy Carson) is FANTASTIC! He has learned well from his father (who still works there). Papa is the MAN!, and has been for years. Insane amount of knowledge. The Doctors are THE BEST! The support staff is fun and professional always. I will never go anywhere else.
Casandra Sorenson
Casandra Sorenson
23:05 08 May 18
A dentist that truly understands how much the whole dental trip petrifies me - and helps me overcome it. For the first time, and certainly not the last, he used nitros oxide and I can honestly say I can look at future visits without abject terror. No more waiting until the tooth needs pulled! I may even get my teeth cleaned.
Laura Lassiter
Laura Lassiter
18:32 15 Mar 18
The BEST dental office in Ventura County!! Super friendly staff, easy to schedule appts, no issues with insurance processing, and Dr. Carson makes sure you are always comfortable and pain-free when getting any work done. I've been a patient for over 7 years now and I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend!
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18:13 18 Mar 18
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Angel Garcia
15:26 27 Jan 18
Fun, friendly staff, that makes you feel comfortable immediately and accommodating...excellent work, i highly recommend'em.
Max Patrick
Max Patrick
19:31 19 Feb 19
This dental office is beyond professional. A landmark of our city, to say the least. Dr. Carson has been serving our community for quite some time, with true care and concern for his patients. If you want a true dental experience, then I would highly advise you to make an appointment with them 🙂
Lucia Vieira
Lucia Vieira
15:18 16 Mar 17
Dr. Derek, you have a hand and a heart of gold. That spirit of help that you have is praiseworthy. I'm amazed at all the treatment you've done and I feel no pain after, not even the pain of the anesthesia sting, I say with propriety because I am very sensitive to pain. Congratulations on your work that loves what you do so you have been successful, not counting on your last generation machine that I do not know how to explain. Much gratitude, you're the best.
Keila Carson
Keila Carson
04:44 24 Apr 19
Today I had a procedure wisdoms teeth extracted with Dr Derek Carson. All staff it was the kindest people ever they stayed room and for the all time asking how I was feeling. The Dr was absolutely amazing! I had several shots and no leave one I feel it and about the extraction when I was thinking he will start it he ready did the extraction out me feeling any pain absolutely any discomfort. I had rest of my day as a normal day and not swallowing.I really want to thank you Dr Derek Carson to be an amazing Dentist so gentle and very professional with absolutely confidentiality.I highly recommended this office if you need to visit just for your regular cleaning or any procedure. Thank you very much!
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Yazmine Givens
23:15 14 May 19
All of the ladies that work here are extremely nice, and they show that they care. The orthodontist is amazing, and helped along the way of my road w/ braces.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:25 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
Hermenegildo Gutierrez
06:57 04 Jun 19
Both doctors, father and son (Dr. Leroy and Dr. Derek), are the best of the best. I have been to different dentists due to change on my insurance coverage, but i keep coming back to Carson and Carson (even if it means paying out of pocket,) because they take care of the issues others can not or are not willing to. To be honest, their fees are actually low and their work far superior compared to other dentists. Furthermore, the staff is truly amazing, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. I am in good hands, my family's hands.
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