What is Hypomineralisation?

Hypomineralisation is a dental condition that affects the outer layer (enamel) of a child’s teeth giving them a ‘chalky’ appearance. 1 in 7 children are affected and this generally happens during the very early years and can occur as a result of illness and antibiotics during pregnancy or illness in the first two years of life. Sometimes it happens for no known reason at all or there is a genetic element associated.

What does this mean for the future?

Hypomineralisation will cause the enamel to be softer on the affected teeth and as a result makes them more prone to breakdown and decay. This can also increase sensitivity. If you or you child has hypomineralisation be sure to stay on top of recommended dental check ups, oral hygiene advise, and keeping acidity and sugar intake to a minimum to prevent decay forming on the vulnerable teeth.

What does Hypomineralisation look like?

Appearance can vary depending on severity and person to person. Generally affected teeth will have a chalk like texture with yellow/brown pitting.

Here at Balham Dental Studio our clinicians are well trained in spotting early signs of hypomineralisation and offering the best advice on how to manage and treat problems if and when they arise.