Enamel hypoplasia is a defect of the teeth in which the enamel is deficient in amount, caused by defective enamel matrix formation. Defects are commonly split into one of four categories, pit-form, plane-form, linear-form, and localised enamel hypoplasia. In many cases the enamel crown has pits or a groove on it, and in extreme cases, sections of the tooth have no enamel, exposing the dentin. Enamel hypoplasia varies substantially among populations and can be used to infer health and behaviour in past populations. Defects have also been found in a variety of non-human animals.