Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
“Soft teeth” is a term used to describe a tooth that has grown in differently than the others. It is most often caused by damage during the growth stage that interrupts the regular development of that tooth. Damage to a baby tooth can cause the adult tooth to develop as a soft tooth.
Proper nutrition and soft teeth
When damage occurs to a baby tooth or to a tooth that is developing beneath the gums it can be weaker than the other teeth. This includes damage of any kind or an infection in the baby tooth that is in place while the adult tooth beneath is developing.
Other causes include a fever - no matter how short or long it remains - lack of proper nutrition and vitamins, or a lack of balance in the hormones. Some genetics can cause this as well as other rare occurrences such as over consumption of fluoride at extreme levels.
Dental care and soft teeth
A soft tooth will not only be slightly more prone to cavity due to the surface enamel, but it will also appear different from the other teeth allowing you and your dentist to be aware of the concern early. By being aware extra attention can be paid during tooth care. Correct brushing and flossing help maintain the strength of the enamel that is present.
Why a tooth is soft
For a tooth to be soft it must have grown that way. A healthy tooth will not become soft through adult life changes such as pregnancy, diabetes or even a fever. If the teeth develop and grow normally and are maintained correctly they will not become soft and there is no cause for concern that this will occur.
This means that if you are an adult and getting increased cavities that were not a concern before, it is most likely due to another cause such as poor oral hygiene or increased sugar intake and not a newly developed soft tooth.
Enamel and soft teeth
Alternatively some refer to sensitive teeth or those with weakened tooth enamel as soft teeth. This occurs when the enamel is wearing thin or has been destroyed. These occurrences allow for increased cavities and can weaken the tooth through further layers when not addressed.
Correct toothbrush for soft teeth
If your tooth enamel is weakened it is important to brush with toothpaste twice daily for two minutes in the morning and two minutes before bed. Using the correct toothbrush can help ensure all teeth are reached and brushed well. An all-natural rinse can be added to protect the remaining enamel on all the teeth and reduce cavities, and less sugar should be consumed to avoid further deterioration.
When signs of a cavity occur - such as pain when eating or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures - it is necessary to see a dentist and have the cavity filled. This protects the inner tooth and the roots while relieving the sensitivity and returning the tooth to its full use.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.