People with soft teeth originally have normal enamel and teeth structure. Only a few people have a condition known asamelogenesis imperfecta, which is indicated by improperly formed, or thin, tooth enamel. This condition increases the vulnerability against various teeth problems. However, improper life habits and other underlying health problems are two of the most common causes of cavities and decay.
Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Most Common Underlying Health Problems Which Could Lead To Tooth Decay:
Acid Reflux Or Heartburn- when people have acid reflux, a small amount of stomach acid may flow into their mouth. This increases the oral acidity level and causes a weakening of the teeth. The surface of the teeth is gradually eroded by the slightly acidic saliva.
Hormonal Imbalance- menopause causes a decline in oestrogen levels and, in turn, it may cause the loss of bone density. If the loss of bone density happens in the jaw, it may result in receding gums. This will expose more of tooth surface and women will have a much higher risk of tooth decay.Fever- high fevers in young children may disrupt the calcification process of the tooth enamel. This is indicated with irregular and discoloured enamel on children. Rough patches and irregularity on the enamel may increase susceptibility to tooth decay.
Malnutrition- an improper diet may cause malnutrition due to a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D. It’s important to choose food with high calcium levels and vitamin D. You should also get adequate sunlight exposure to trigger the production of vitamin D inside your body.
It’s important to check whether you have soft teeth due to any of the above factors. Your dentist will provide a solution to the problem, such as medication, changes of lifestyle and improvements in nutritional intake. Weakened teeth surfaces could be indicated by banding, chalky spots, brown spots, and other irregularities. If your teeth look normal and you don’t experience any problems, it is not likely that you have “soft” teeth and your dentist will show you ways to prevent this condition.
To learn more about common underlying health problems which could lead to tooth decay, contact Dentactoday and speak with a knowledgeable dental academy representative who can assist you and answer any questions you might have.
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