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New common disease “chalk teeth”: The cause is not really surprising

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New common disease “chalk teeth”: The cause is not really surprising

When brushing your teeth hurt your teeth? They are spotty and look rough? That could be chalk teeth. Dentists warn of the new “widespread disease” that affects children and adolescents. The experts also have a theory for why chalk teeth are so common in our country.

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Chalk teeth – also called molar incisional hypomineralization (MIH) – are unpleasant: When eating, drinking or brushing your teeth hurt the teeth, even with very hot or cold drinks, they hurt. In addition, they look ugly: they have furrows and are partly whitish, yellowish or even brownish discolored.

The “German Society of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” (DGZMK) now warns of the disease: About 10 to 15 percent of all children should be affected, with the twelve-year-old, it would be even more: Almost every third child (30 percent) have chalk teeth. MIH is even more common in this age group than caries. The DGZMK therefore speaks of a new widespread disease. The chalk teeth are not only unaesthetic and painful, their rough surface also makes them particularly caries-prone.

Possible causes of chalk teeth

Chalk teeth arise because the mineralization of the enamel is disturbed. Why this is not clear yet. “Plastics plasticizers seem to play an important role in their formation, which are absorbed by food,” writes the DGZMK in a statement – ie plastic. Concretely, an association between bisphenol A consumption (BPA) and the development of MIH can be established on the basis of animal experiments. Also conceivable are problems during pregnancy, infectious diseases, antibiotics, chickenpox or dioxins as causes.

BPA changes the hormone balance

BPA is one of the most widely used synthetic chemicals in the world. The problem: It acts like a kind of hormonal pollutant because it has an estrogen-like effect and changes the hormone balance.

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BPA can be extremely difficult to avoid in everyday life – it is in packaging, plastic dishes, still in some receipts and parking tickets, plastic pacifiers, canned food and beverage cans. In humans, investigations have found BPA in the blood, urine, amniotic fluid, uterine tissue.

For better teeth: Avoid BPA in early childhood

Kreidezähne. (Foto: © DGZMK )

Since the enamel develops between the eighth month of pregnancy and the fourth year of life of the child, the disruption of the mineralization must occur during this time. It is therefore particularly important to avoid BPA, especially during this period. Tips on how to use Bisphenol A (BPA) and how to avoid it. Although MIH is primarily a childhood disease, it can also occur in adulthood. Often then the molars and the middle incisors are affected.

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Important: The information does not replace professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized physicians. The contents of medicine-today.net can not and should not be used to independently diagnose or start treatment.    

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