Some people seem to have more problems with their dental health than others. They may have sensitivity issues, be diagnosed with more cavities, and spend more time in the dentist's chair than others. If that sounds like you, it might not necessarily be just bad luck. Read on and find out more about soft teeth and how to cope.

What Does it Mean to Have Soft Teeth?

Firstly, the word "soft" is not meant to be taken literally. In most cases, the enamel on those who think they have problem teeth is just as solid as anyone else. However, those that do complain about or have been told that they have soft teeth have probably always had more issues than others with their teeth. It usually begins in early childhood because barring a serious illness, dental problems do not suddenly occur during adulthood out of the blue.

When Your Teeth Are Problem Teeth

Those who do believe they have more than their share of issues tend to have a few things in common which could lead some to believe that it's more of a syndrome than a dental disorder.

  • Dental problems as a baby or young child such as baby tooth decay or infections
  • Higher than normal bacteria levels in the mouth which can cause decay and gum infections
  • A lifetime affliction of acid reflux which can damage tooth enamel if left untreated
  • Malnutrition or shortages in certain important minerals and vitamins
  • Teeth that don't appear normal. They might have white spots and indentations
  • If you have suddenly noticed an increase in dental problems, explore some of these causes:
    • Hormonal changes can affect the health of teeth and create conditions more likely to lead to gum disease.
    • Beginning or stopping certain medications.
    • Radiation and chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis.
    • Being diagnosed with a serious illness.
    • A change in eating habits such as increases in carbohydrates and sugar consumption.

What You Can Do About Soft Teeth

Those with problem teeth or soft teeth may need to pay more attention than others to dental hygiene and see their dentist more often. Along with that:

  • Brush and floss after every meal but don't use too much force. Use a soft toothbrush and be gentle but thorough. Consider using an electric toothbrush to provide better control over the force used.
  • Avoid sugary carbonated beverages along with starchy foods.

Talk to your family dentist about more frequent exams and for more tips.