How do I save my teeth from weak enamel and grinding?
November 2, 2006 1:02 AM Subscribe
TeethFilter: I have weak enamel and tendency to grind. How do I save my teeth?
posted by pinksoftsoap to health & fitness (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Took care of my teeth great when I was a kid, ate few processed foods, no cavities. Hit 20 give or take, my back wisdom teeth came out weird and started trapping food, creating a large cavity on a bottom molar. Had root canal (which I never capped, I think i'm going to lose the tooth since decay is still growing under the filling and practically the whole thing was drilled out to get to the root). Now I treat my teeth terribly, don't brush often enough, eat garbage food that I know mess my teeth up even more.
Dentist has told me in the past I have weak enamel, and a lot of my back teeth feel like they have cavity decay, but it's just bits coming off.
I also grind my teeth a lot in my sleep, or otherwise clench from subconscious stress both waking and sleeping.
Besides brushing flossing and eating better again (which I'm hoping to do), how do I save my teeth from grinding? I don't want to wear a mouthguard at night, I don't think I can change my lifestyle to stop worrying. And how do I counter the effects of weak enamel? (Does that EnamelOn Toothpaste really work? Long term rehabilitating results?)
I'm 23 and my front teeth probably don't show any terrible signs aside from slight yellowing, but I have a terrible feeling things are going to take a dive within the next 5-10 years, judging how my back teeth are starting to make me feel.