When the enamel on teeth doesn’t form properly, it can become chalky looking, weak, sensitive to heat and cold, and susceptible to cavities. The medical term for the condition is enamel hypoplasia. It’s also referred to as hypomineralization, because the enamel that covers and protects teeth doesn’t contain the minerals it needs to stay strong.
Enamel hypoplasia can affect baby and permanent teeth. If your child suffers from this condition, it’s important to see your Charlotte pediatric dentist regularly in order to protect your child’s smile and lessen the risk of dental decay and disease. At Carolina Kids Dentistry, Dr. Bevin Malley will recommend treatments to address enamel hypoplasia and improve your child’s oral health.
Causes of Enamel Hypoplasia
Hypoplasia that affects baby teeth may stem from low birth weight or a birth that’s premature by approximately three months. An early birth can interrupt enamel formation that occurs in the womb.
Enamel for permanent teeth occurs during the first three years of a child’s life. Poor health, recurrent high fevers, and metabolic disorders may prevent healthy enamel from forming. Use of the antibiotic amoxicillin may be a contributing factor, as well.
Strengthening Weak Enamel
Because teeth with compromised enamel are prone to decay, it’s important to protect teeth against cavity-causing bacteria than can easily enter through the porous enamel. Treatments include fluoride applied to teeth at our Mint Hill pediatric dentist’s office, caps that cover and protect teeth, and crowns to repair damaged teeth. Dr. Malley may recommend bleaching the teeth to even out variations in tooth color.
A good oral hygiene regimen at home and regular dental checkups are vital to protect teeth impacted by enamel hypoplasia. Dr. Malley will help you and your child create a plan to keep your child’s smile healthy and strong.
Call our Mint Hill NC office today to schedule an appointment with pediatric dentist Dr. Malley. Our Carolina Kids Dentistry team will treat your family like our family.