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A 22-year-old female asked:

can using sensodyne tarter control cause weakening in teeth? i have an unexplainable chipped tooth. or could lack of nutrients have something to dowit

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
Dentistry 20 years experience
Definitely not: Lack of nutrients is also not very likely since the enamel is fully formed prior to the tooth erupting into your mouth. More likely there is undiagnosed clenching or grinding or perhaps previous trauma that may be so long ago that it seems unrelated.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
No: Once formed, teeth do not change. If there was a lack of good nutrition during tooth development than the teeth could be soft... But that is very unusual. Or someone could have a genetic defect... But than again that would be rare and it would also affect more than one tooth.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Neither: Even healthy teeth can chip if enough force is applied during eating. When patients see me with "explainable" chipped teeth, it's usually related to an uneven bite, bruxism, clenching, existing decay, unsupported enamel from a previous filling or previous trauma. See your dentist for an evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Add chewing on ice and hard candy to this list.
Jan 12, 2014
Dr. William Williams
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Weakness?: Toothpaste, any type, can't cause weakening of tooth enamel and chipping. Chipping is caused by tooth to tooth contact usually when there is too much force on one area or when biting on hard objects placed in the mouth.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Definitely, no: Sensodyne Tartar Control not only relieves sensitivity, it also fights tartar build up and makes teeth stronger.

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