What Causes Fragile or Brittle Teeth?

At Moores Chapel Dentistry, we want our patients’ teeth to be healthy and strong. For some patients, however, this seems like an unattainable goal. If you have fragile, brittle teeth that seem like they are constantly chipping or breaking, the first step toward healthier teeth involves figuring out the cause. We’ve put together a list of some of the common causes for delicate teeth to help you determine the root of the problem.

Genetics May Be Behind Brittle Teeth

Genetics determine much about our bodies beyond our eye color and nose shape. In fact, your genes may carry a predisposition for softer tooth enamel or for a genetic disorder affecting the dentin underneath your enamel.

Family of grandparents, parents, and children that share genetics

Dentin Weakens with Age

Dentin, the material underneath your tooth enamel that protects the root, can weaken with age. As dentin becomes more fragile, so does your entire tooth.

Medical Conditions Can Weaken Teeth

Gum disease the number one cause for tooth loss in adults. Inflammation and infection of the gums can seriously weaken your teeth. Osteoporosis, a condition involving weak bones, can also affect the strength of your teeth. In some situations, medications that treat other conditions affect your calcium absorption or saliva production and may be responsible for your weak teeth.

A glass of water next to a pile of medications that could cause fragile and brittle teeth

Is Your Diet the Culprit?

Your diet has huge implications for your oral health, apart from your susceptibility to cavities. If you have poor nutrition and are lacking necessary vitamins and minerals, this may translate to weak, fragile teeth. And if you have poor oral hygiene in conjuncton with a diet deficient in tooth-strengthening nutrients, your teeth are constantly exposed to bacteria and acid that weakens enamel.

Reach Out to Our Team!

Healthy teeth are possible at any age through a combination of good oral hygiene and a healthy diet. To ask our team any questions about how to prevent brittle teeth or to schedule your next appointment at our office, contact us today.

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