Bielefeld. Many children know her, the story of Karius and Baktus. That story about little creatures that live in tooth – and so to animate the tooth care. Instead of dental tooth decayers now, but the headaches of a disease are completely different: The molar antibody (MIH) – now known as chalk teeth – is now considered to be a common disease new. As the German oral health study is currently showing, the country affects 28.7 percent of twelve year olds. Also, the CHC is diagnosed with chalk teeth regularly. Christoph Koch works as a dentist in Balve, a small town in the Märkischer Kreis. 40 per cent of all patients who come to their office are children. "20 per cent of them are affected," said Koch, "The number of cases has increased in ten years." The incredible thing about the disease is that the teeth fall to the road to the mouth. "It can also catch baby tooth, but more teeth are likely to be that patients should actually fall up to the age of 90," said Koch. Then the face of the incisors and the molars is often white-white or amber-spot, in stronger forms, patients are hypersensitive, such as heat or cold. In rare cases, the enamel is so dangerous that the teeth literally fall away. After all, if the teeth are healthy in the mouth, there is no MIH risk. As the disease becomes apparent only when the permanent teeth break, dental examinations in elementary schools are becoming important. The working group Claudia Sauerland and Zahngesundheit Westfalen-Lippe regularly advise parents in the case of illness to achieve group profiles at day care centers and schools in the 27 counties and independent cities. The number of MIH cases has not increased, said Claudia Sauerland. "On the decade, however, it has already been seen." Caries increase & the effect How to treat MIH's patient looks depending on how strong the teeth are affected. If it's only stained and completely on the surface, Koch is particularly anxious to monitor the teeth as a proxylactic and practice special cleaning techniques during dental care. Therefore, caries bacteria should not be spread in tooth teeth. "Tooth decay is disinfecting the enamel and would therefore increase the effect of the disease." Koch is more difficult treatments of patients who are particularly sensitive to heat or cold influence – or even their teeth start to concentrate. In difficult cases, doctors also rely on the crowns. "For patients in these categories, the disease due to the pain is at the expense of quality of life," said Koch. Infections or antibiotics as a trigger? Although more and more young people are affected by chalk teeth, the researchers do not know much about the origin of the disease, which was first scientifically described in 1987 and since 2001 there is one name. Katrin Bekes, who is from Hattingen and head of the Pediatric Dentistry department at the University Hospital in Vienna, says: "Students can only answer the question of the case For example, different methods of influence infectious diseases, antibiotics or chemical spissile A on the formation of permanent teeth between the end of pregnancy and the fourth year. French researchers have given rats in an experiment that uses substance in everyday objects such as baby pacifiers or food cans and so triggered clustering structures that are similar to those of MIH. "That would be a coherent explanation, but it is not quite clear if this is transferable to people," notes Koch. Quick education is not in sight.