I found a good example of linear enamel hypoplasia (LEH) in my cranial sample today. LEH is a developmental complication in which the regular growth of dental enamel is interrupted due to physiological stress. This interruption results in horizontal lines across the teeth. One example of a physiological stressor on developing individuals that may cause LEH would be a period of food shortage.

This individual exhibited two distinct hypoplastic bands across the anterior teeth, which may suggest more than one significant period of stress.