Tooth Wear

What causes it?

The common causes of tooth wear are:

  • Acids in the mouth
  • Wear from incorrect tooth brushing technique or a brush with firm bristles

The most common acid drinks that soften the tooth surface are:

  • Fresh fruit juices and smoothies
  • Fizzy drinks (diet and non-diet)
  • Wine/Prosecco
  • Beer/Cidre
  • Sports drinks

The following recommendations will help reduce tooth wear:


  • Clean gently with a soft toothbrush or ideally a powers oscillating tooth brush with a pressure indicator
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste – speak with your dental professional for further advice
  • Drink acidic beverages through a straw whenever possible
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash after acid food or drink whenever possible


  • Use a toothbrush with hard bristles
  • Scrub hard while brushing
  • Use an abrasive toothpaste e.g. smokers toothpaste
  • Brush your teeth immediately after acidic foods or drink

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