Enamel hypocalcification is a defect in which the enamel of some or all teeth is soft and not completely calcified. Its appearance is opaque with yellowish-brown stains, but the enamel is normal in quantity. Hypocalification is caused by defective maturation of ameloblasts, which are cells that produce enamel. This can be hereditary, or influenced by environmental factors, but unlikely a calcium nutrition deficiency. Teeth are chalky in consistency; their surfaces wear down rapidly and are more susceptible to caries. The condition affects both primary and permanent teeth.


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Category dental problems