Most people want to have whiter teeth, but, of course, they don’t want spots that are whiter than others. White spots on teeth are a common dental complaint, but they do not necessarily pose a threat to your overall dental health. Even if your white spots are not caused by an underlying health issue, they still can be undesirable and unsightly, so you will likely want to protect yourself from developing them. There are a variety of causes of white teeth, and there are plenty of steps you can take to keep them at bay.
Demineralization is one of the causes of white spots and can lead to more serious issues. It happens as a result of excessive plaque buildup. This plaque eats away at the surface minerals on your teeth which causes a reduction in your enamel and creates tartar. To avoid demineralization, make sure to brush and floss daily and schedule regular cleanings with Cristen D. Whitmer, DDS.
When children receive too much fluoride before their adult teeth are fully developed, they can experience fluorosis. This leads to the development of uneven white spots on the teeth. In order to prevent fluorosis, ensure that you do not to use too much toothpaste, especially children under 8 years old. Kids only need a small dab, and don’t go any larger than a grain of rice for babies and toddlers.
Enamel hypoplasia occurs when the layer of enamel on your teeth is too thin or if it lacks mineralization. This condition makes it more likely that your teeth with be stained by coffee or other abrasive substances. Many children are born with enamel hypoplasia, and it is often linked to smoking during pregnancy, malnutrition, and premature birth. Quitting smoking and eating healthily during pregnancy can help reduce your child’s risk of developing hypoplasia.
Braces can be necessary to straighten teeth, but can lead to white spots on your teeth. Because it is more difficult brush and floss thoroughly, braces can lead to decalcification and demineralization. The areas under the brackets of the braces are particularly hard to clean and often stay the same color as other parts of the teeth change. The best way to prevent this if you have braces is to brush and floss thoroughly every day.
Treatment for White Spots
There are several treatments available if you have been unable to successfully prevent the development of white spots on your teeth. Microabrasion can be used to remove a thin layer of enamel. This gives a more uniform look to your teeth and is done in conjunction with a whitening treatment. Whitening is another option to create a consistent color on all of your teeth. There are home-whitening kits, but you will certainly benefit more from having it professionally done by Cristen D. Whitmer, DDS. Dr. Whitmer also has a restorative technique to repair and hide white spots that does not require any enamel removal; however, this treatment is only successful on certain types of white spots due to demineralization and decalcification. Call the office to set up an evaluation to see if your white spots can be removed with this easy technique.