White spots on teeth can be worrisome if you do not know how they got there or how to treat them. On top of that, white spots on your teeth can be unsightly and your confidence can take a hit. These spots are typically a cosmetic issue but can turn into a health concern. The untreated result being tooth deterioration.
Causes of white spots on teeth:
If the spots have been present since you were a child, you may have experienced a disruption in enamel formation as your teeth grew. This is better known as enamel hypoplasia. White spots can also appear in childhood when kids ingest too much fluoride toothpaste. This is called fluorosis. Both of these causes are common in childhood, and can cause lasting spots on teeth.
White spots that have formed more recently on adult teeth are often caused by plaque build-up, which can cause hard, scaly spots near the gum line and make the teeth look discolored. The most concerning reason for white spots on teeth can be the beginning stages of tooth decay or cavities can sometimes look like white spots. As bacteria produce acid, it then begins to dissolve the mineralized surface of a tooth, appearing bright white.
Lastly, braces often leave theses spots but can be avoided with the proper care.
Treatment and prevention of white spots on your teeth:
There are various methods by which a dentist can get rid of the calcium deposits from your teeth. Your dentist might whiten the teeth to remove calcium deposits by concealing the discoloration. If the whitening process does not work, there are a few more options. There is the air abrasion procedure, in which your dentist will use a device that blows crystal particles towards the calcium deposit. Any remaining spots will be fixed with filling material. This professional treatment is called microabrasion, this is a process where the dentist rubs a mixture of pumice and acid on the teeth to get rid of white teeth spots. However, if the white spots are very large microabrasion might not be a viable option. In that case, a porcelain crown or a cap would be needed to cover up the spot or spots.
The most important part is alway prevention. You can start by practicing good oral hygiene. You must brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and visit your dentist after every six months for a regular dental check-up.
Do your best to avoid acidic and sugary drinks and foods that can damage your tooth enamel. If you wear braces then you must make additional effort to take excellent care of your teeth so that when the braces are removed to expose your straightened teeth, you do not catch sight of unpleasant spots on your tooth.
At Dr. Chauvin’s Lafayette Dental office, we know it can sometimes it can be difficult to determine what white spots mean. Too often it is an early sign of tooth decay that can be handled but you must visit a dentist. We will be able to assess the damage and recommend treatments that are suitable for your situation. Contact Dr. Chauvin today to make an appointment.