(103186)Credit: Flickr ( by Maurice King )Every single person dreams of a set of shiny, white teeth. Your smile is the first thing anyone notices when you meet them for the first time. It will be your first impression and remember that first impression goes a long way. That aside, healthy, white teeth give you a more youthful appearance. Therefore, it is definitely important to maintain a good oral health.

The way to a set of beautiful teeth requires determination and constant maintaining of oral health. As said before, your mouth is a window into the health of your body. There are many consequences to lack of oral health such as tooth abrasion.

Tooth abrasion is the loss of tooth form that occurs on various tooth structure such as the tooth’s enamel or even sometimes, deeper parts of the tooth. There are many reasons why tooth abrasion occurs.

All of us take brushing our teeth for granted. We assume our teeth are in good shape just as long as it is brushed. We do not take into consideration the methods of our tooth brushing, which will be crucial in the long run. An important fact that you will have to get from this article is, the main cause of tooth abrasion is attributable to incorrectly brushing your teeth. If you brush your teeth too hard, too fast or even using the wrong toothpaste or toothbrush, it can lead to serious tooth abrasion. Some say, the use of toothpicks or floss and any dental instrument that is used in the mouth and removed can cause tooth abrasion too.

Over-brushing your teeth can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. The objective of brushing is to ensure that food particles around the teeth are removed to keep them clean and our breath feeling fresh and smelling good. Leftover food collects in the form of plaque (whitish material that usually appears around the gum line) and we brush our teeth to remove that too. Brushing our teeth and sometimes against the gum line or a little bit higher onto the gums violently can cause more harm than you think.

Our tooth enamel layer, the outermost later of teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body. And because it takes years to form, the enamel layer is also very strong. However, if you are violent with the way you brush your teeth, the enamel will slowly erode and your gum line will start to recede.

Once the harm is done, your teeth will undergo further damage with the kinds of unhealthy food you consume. Frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks is the main cause of tooth enamel loss. Medicine, environmental factors such as the chemicals in pools and alcoholism are a few other causes of enamel loss.

As the tooth enamel layer fades off, your tooth softens and becomes more receptive to abrasion. Your tooth starts to become less white and less healthy.

All in all, there are many factors to tooth abrasion causes. It is crucial to take note of all of it and refrain from causing more harm to yourself. Visit a dental clinic and get your teeth checked to prevent any tooth abrasion or erosion. Your dentist will often check by observing your sensitivity to temperature or sweet foods.