Preventing Dental Wear: You’ll Be Glad You Did!

Preventing Dental Wear: You’ll Be Glad You Did!‘Dental wear’ is a term used to describe various forms of wear-and-tear that a person’s teeth will withstand over the course of their life. Many people aren’t overly concerned with protecting their teeth until after the dental wear process has already begun, and the effects can be quite severe. At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, we want to help our patients form the good habits that will protect their smile for years to come.

Brushing Too Hard

Many children (and adults) brush their teeth with far more force and pressure than they should. Brushing too hard, or using too firm of a toothbrush, can wear down a person’s tooth enamel and leave their teeth more vulnerable to decay and damage. Brushing too hard along the gumline can also lead to gum recession.


: Be gentle with your teeth and gums! If you’re helping your child learn how to brush, encourage them to brush slowly and carefully. Additionally, you should choose only soft-bristled toothbrushes (never ‘medium’ or ‘firm’).

Improper Dental Alignment

A common misconception is that teeth straightening is a cosmetic procedure—far from it! Teeth are meant to fit together a certain way; if your teeth are misaligned, they may be clashing against one another and doing harm. This can lead to headaches, digestion problems, and significant wear-and-tear on their teeth. The damage caused by an off-bite can range from slightly worn surfaces to chips or fractures.


: Undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners can help prevent or correct these problems.


Some people experience bruxism, which is a word for habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth during the daytime or at night. While there’s some research to suggest that sleep bruxism can run in families, this condition can also be triggered by stress, or as a response to another kind of dental pain.


: If you notice repeated headaches, jaw pain, and tooth sensitivity, you may be grinding your teeth at night or during the day. Visiting a dentist can help identify the source of the issue. Some children and adults may need to wear a nighttime mouthguard as part of treatment.

What You Can Do

When it comes to children’s dentistry, the focus is largely preventative. Our pediatric dentist in Irving, TX for professional care and advice that will help your child protect their beautiful, natural smile. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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