Causes of Chalky Teeth
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), causes of chalky teeth are unknown, despite more than 30 investigations having been done at the population level. That said, in the case of 6-year molars that have molar hypomineralisation, most findings implicate systemic illness or its treatment during infancy. Although the causes of chalky teeth are still unclear, the good news is that they can and should be treated.
JADA cautions that chalky teeth often go misdiagnosed or unnoticed – some see it as caries, while others misname it. The right diagnosis is critical to ensure that your child gets the right treatment.
The way that a pediatric dentist might treat your child depends on how badly your child's teeth are affected. In mild cases, if your child is complaining of sensitivity or if there's an increased risk for dental caries, the D3 Group recommends using a desensitizing agent, a dental hardening product, or a fissure sealant. For moderate cases, where this is some breakdown of the tooth, your child's dentist might do a dental filling. That, combined with ongoing care at home, can manage the problem. If your child's chalky teeth are severe, the dentist might try installing a crown made of a base alloy (such as stainless steel) to save the tooth. If the tooth is too damaged to be saved, it may need to be extracted.
If you're experiencing chalky teeth as an adult, you must consult with your dentist as soon as possible to find out how to treat them.
A gritty, chalky feeling in your mouth isn't pleasant. Luckily, in most cases, rinsing your mouth can get rid of it. If your child is experiencing chalky teeth, you must check with a pediatric dentist. Untreated chalky teeth can result in cavities and tooth decay which can be easily be avoided with the right treatment!