Tooth wear is an increasingly common problem and getting help early on is essential to prevent teeth becoming short or sensitive. Recognising this, Professor Andrew Eder, Clinical Director of the London Tooth Wear Centre®, has launched a new website at www.toothwear.co.uk to help.
Visitors to www.toothwear.co.uk will find useful information on the different types of tooth wear, what causes it and the simple steps that can be taken to prevent significant damage.
The truth is that everyone experiences some tooth wear simply due to normal use of the teeth, but it can become a real problem if, for example, people grind their teeth, have acid reflux or an an eating disorder, brush too vigorously, or frequently consume acidic food and drink.
Indeed, with the British Soft Drinks Association’s latest figures showing an increase in the consumption of fizzy drinks and fruit juices and over 660 million litres of sports and energy drinks purchased in 2011, raising awareness of the causative factors in tooth wear is vital.
Meanwhile, figures from the latest UK Adult Dental Health Survey confirm an increase in tooth wear since the last survey. Over three quarters of adults show signs of tooth wear. An increase in moderate wear amongst younger adults is especially alarming as it is suggestive of rapid wear. This strongly suggests that preventive treatment above and beyond what is generally already being offered is needed if the UK population’s dental health is to be secured in the long term.
Irrespective of age and circumstance, it is important to recognise that, amongst other issues, poor drink and food choices, some medical conditions and stress can all cause considerable tooth wear.
If you have any concerns about tooth wear or would simply like some preventive advice, visit www.toothwear.co.uk and arrange to see your dentist or hygienist – they are there to help you!