Some people have teeth that may be weaker or “soft.” When your teeth don’t have enough enamel or have weakened enamel, it can make them more vulnerable to damage and decay. Those folks are likely to go to the dentist more often due to tooth sensitivity, cavities, toothaches, and many more issues with their oral health. But the truth is, there is no such thing as soft teeth. It is just that folks who think they have soft teeth actually have teeth that are less likely to withstand everyday wear and tear even with the best hygiene. We would like to share some measures that you can take to protect your teeth and make them less cavity-prone and able to withstand everyday use.
Things That Contribute To “Soft” Teeth
Over time, GERD can erode tooth enamel. Research shows that enamel erodes at a pH (acid level) of 5.5. With a pH of less than 2.0, your stomach acid can damage the enamel on your teeth and cause hot/cold sensitivity, decay, discoloration, and chipping. You may be surprised to learn that hormone surges may make you more vulnerable to gum disease. Here’s why: More female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) cause more blood to flow to your gums, which causes them to become more sensitive and “overreact” to anything that may irritate them.Misconception about soft teeth includes thinking pregnancy, breastfeeding, diabetes or allergies can cause their teeth to become soft if you are having problems it is more likely it is from one of the above or the following issues…
- Too many soft drinks, which have phosphoric and citric acid
- Sour foods or candies
- Dry mouth or low saliva flow (xerostomia)
- Vitamin deficiencies
Prevent Tooth Decay With These Tips…
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily
- Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- Use dental floss, a water flosser, or another interdental device to clean between your teeth daily
- Include various fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products in your diet
- Avoid long periods of snacking, which can potentially expose the teeth to acidic materials
- Visit a dentist at least twice a year
- Drink fluoridated water, which can help protect the tooth enamel from decay and also helps to prevent dry mouth, which can reduce your risk for cavities
- Avoid sugary drinks, such as soda, juice, and sports drinks, which are often acidic and also attract bacteria
Do I Have “Soft” Teeth?
For a tooth to be weaker, you need to experience an event the would have damaged your teeth while developing. Development of teeth ends around age 14. Unless as a child you had one of the things like high fever or a hormonal imbalance or malnutrition it is unlikely that your teeth are “soft”. Now, this does not mean you could not have caused weaker teeth by eating or drinking sugary foods, have developed acid reflux, or did not practice good oral hygiene. If your teeth look different, they could be weak. They will have brown spots, chalky spots, banding, or other unusual appearances. If your teeth look normal your teeth are most likely not “soft”.
About Torbeck Dental
Torbeck Dental treats every patient with dignity and excellent care. We are highly-trained dental professionals with exceptionally friendly and helpful service. We understand that for many, visiting a dentist can be a stressful experience so our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff will ease any fears you may have. We are here to help you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile! Our dental team are a group experienced professionals using the latest treatments. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan. We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence!