It's not your imagination. If you seem to experience more cavities, sensitivity, and other dental issues than others, you might have what is known as soft teeth. While soft teeth are not a true dental disorder, there are some that seem to suffer from more dental problems than others due to several factors. Read on and find out why some are prone to soft teeth and how to cope with the problem.
Factors Affecting Teeth Health
It's surprising how almost everything can affect teeth health — as the list below confirms. If you have experienced some of the below factors and notice your teeth are problematic, you could fall into the soft teeth category:
- Nutrition imbalances in vitamins and minerals can cause soft teeth symptoms. Malnutrition can also permanently damage teeth.
- Changing hormone levels in women can cause periodontal diseases of the gums.
- High bacteria levels in the mouth due to infections.
- Decay and infections as a baby or young child.
- Acid reflux can cause stomach acids to rise up and etch away at tooth enamel.
What to Know
Some people suspect they have soft teeth or that they have developed soft teeth. In all likelihood, you don't develop soft teeth as an adult unless you have experienced some extreme trauma or illness after your adult teeth came in. Those who have soft teeth have probably had them all their lives and those people not only have more problems with their teeth but their teeth look different too. They may have strange indentations, brown or yellow spots, white or chalky spots, and other abnormalities. In most cases, your dentist will tell you if you have soft teeth syndrome.
How to Cope With Soft Teeth
It's important to brush after meals and floss at least once a day. If you have soft teeth, don't use a lot of force on your teeth. You might want to invest in an electric brush to achieve that perfect balance of force and gentleness. Other ways to deal with soft teeth include:
- Sugary beverages can do more damage to soft teeth so opt for water instead. Starchy foods should also be avoided.
- Never skip a dental exam and cleaning. These routine exams not only promote good dental hygiene but they also allow problems to be caught early and dealt with before lasting damage occurs.
- Those with soft teeth are more likely to get cavities so speak with your dentist about ways to avoid those.
To find out more, talk to your dentist.