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How to strengthen soft teeth?

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Posted by: Fineala  (8 years ago)
Dear Doctor,

I have a severely soft enamel on my teeth. I think it's genetic because my whole family on my mother's side have very soft teeth,too. I used a fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen my enamel. I brush and rinse three times a day.

My mom's teeth, despite taking good care of them, have caused her too many problems. Some of her molars broke in half, some were cracked and fell out. She was so upset that after spending so much money with too many dental treatments she had resorted to in trying to save her teeth, everything will only fall apart and she will end up with dentures.

Is there any way to get stronger teeth? All I want is to have healthy and nice teeth. I do not want my teeth to get so soft and start to fall out like my mom's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello. In your case it sounds like you have hereditary condition resulting in less calcified teeth which may me amelogenesis imperfecta or dentinogenesis imperfecta having malformed dentin. The problem is that once teeth are formed we cannot reverse the process and have them reform the right way. It is good to maintaing excellent oral hygiene but sometimes it is just not enough to prevents teeth from breaking. Try using MI paste to increase calcium and phosphates in your mouth. Other than that we need a scientific breakthrough to be able to fix malformed enamel.
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Dear Doctor,

I have a severely soft enamel on my teeth. I think it's genetic because my whole family on my mother's side have very soft teeth,too. I used a fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen my enamel. I brush and rinse three times a day.

My mom's teeth, despite taking good care of them, have caused her too many problems. Some of her molars broke in half, some were cracked and fell out. She was so upset that after spending so much money with too many dental treatments she had resorted to in trying to save her teeth, everything will only fall apart and she will end up with dentures.

Is there any way to get stronger teeth? All I want is to have healthy and nice teeth. I do not want my teeth to get so soft and start to fall out like my mom's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Congenitally defective enamel is a genetic trait that is very rare, and such teeth are visually different and easy to spot.

More likely is that your family's eating habits are "hereditary", like drinking a lot of soda pop. Or you share contributing traits- toward gastric reflux, or chronic mouthbreathing, for instance.

In any event, I hardly every have a patient that cannot save their teeth if they sleep every night with custom-fitted mouthguards filled with prescription strength fluoride.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
Dear Doctor,

I have a severely soft enamel on my teeth. I think it's genetic because my whole family on my mother's side have very soft teeth,too. I used a fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen my enamel. I brush and rinse three times a day.

My mom's teeth, despite taking good care of them, have caused her too many problems. Some of her molars broke in half, some were cracked and fell out. She was so upset that after spending so much money with too many dental treatments she had resorted to in trying to save her teeth, everything will only fall apart and she will end up with dentures.

Is there any way to get stronger teeth? All I want is to have healthy and nice teeth. I do not want my teeth to get so soft and start to fall out like my mom's. Any advice would be greatly appreciated


I agree with my fellow posters on here. It's a rather unfortunate situation that you are in but the only preventive way out is to make sure you continue your oral hygiene regime and get on a prescription-based fluoride gel tray. I'm not sure how far some of these new pro-enamel toothpastes work but you might as well give them a shot.
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