How to Manage Enamel Hypoplasia

When you have a child, you probably can’t wait for their first tooth to pop up. When your children’s teeth start to come in, it is essential to keep an eye on them to ensure they are growing correctly. The outer layer of our teeth is called the enamel, and sometimes the enamel does not always form properly, leading to a condition called enamel hypoplasia. 

Enamel hypoplasia, also known as an enamel defect, is a thin or absent enamel that can impact both baby teeth and permanent teeth. Because the teeth are not properly protected, your child will be more vulnerable to cavities, tooth pain, and tooth decay if left untreated. Now you may be wondering, what causes enamel hypoplasia in children? Genetics and environmental factors can contribute to the development of enamel hypoplasia, and the severity can vary. Below are a few environmental factors that may increase the risk of enamel hypoplasia in kids. 

  • Premature Birth 
  • Tooth Trauma
  • Vitamin A, C, or D Deficiency 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Diabetes 
  • Viral and Bacterial Infections 
  • Genetic Disorders 

If your child has enamel hypoplasia, you must brush and floss your child’s teeth regularly to help minimize the risk of cavities. If your child has a more severe case of enamel hypoplasia, they may need dental restorations such as dental crowns or white fillings. A pediatric dentist will complete a thorough examination and determine the best course of action for your child’s condition. 

Contact Our Preventive Dentistry for Children today!

If you suspect your child may have a dental enamel defect, it is vital to make an appointment for an evaluation with a pediatric dentist. At Around The World Pediatric Dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on patient and parent education. If Dr. Ahn determines that your child has enamel hypoplasia, she will work with you and your child to develop a plan for reducing your child’s risk of complications, and she can perform any necessary preventative or restorative treatments. Don’t put off scheduling an appointment; just call our friendly representatives. Our pediatric DENTAL PRACTICE welcomes those in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, CT, and the surrounding areas.