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Understanding Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCLs) and Their Impact on Dental Health


teeth with Non-carious cervical lesions
Non-carious cervical lesions on patient

Non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs) are spots or damage found near the gumline of your teeth. They happen because of things like brushing too hard, using rough toothpaste, or consuming acidic foods and drinks.



If you ignore these spots or damage, a few things might happen:



  • Sensitive Teeth: Your teeth may become more sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.

  • Tooth Wear: The spots can get worse over time, and your teeth might wear down or break.

  • Bad Smile: They can make your teeth look less nice and affect your confidence when smiling.

  • Gum Problems: Severe spots could also cause your gums to shrink or become unhealthy.

  • Risk of Decay: Even though the spots aren't cavities, they can still attract bacteria and increase the risk of cavities forming nearby.

To fix NCCLs, you may need:


  • Fill in the damaged parts of your teeth.

  • Use special treatments to make your teeth less sensitive.

  • Help you find better ways to take care of your teeth to prevent more damage.


Early intervention and preventive measures can help mitigate the progression of NCCLs and minimize associated complications. Therefore, it's essential to consult with a dentist for a proper evaluation and personalized treatment plan if you suspect you have non-carious cervical lesions.

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