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Possible Causes of White Spots on the Teeth


Posted on 6/5/2023 by Barbara Ketchum
Possible Causes of White Spots on the TeethHaving pearly white teeth is a wish for everyone, but occasionally, teeth appear to have white spots. The spots may present themselves as small or large white patches, lighter than the tooth. Unfortunately, this oral condition does not go away on its own, even with regular brushing or flossing. Luckily, there are dental procedures for white spots on the teeth, and the treatment option depends on the underlying causes of the spots. Learn the possible causes of white spots on the teeth.

Fluorosis


Fluoride is vital in ensuring strong and healthy teeth. It helps to remineralize the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. However, too much fluoride exposure can lead to a condition known as fluorosis, and its common side effect is white spots on the teeth. This mostly occurs in children since their bodies cannot handle the high capacity of fluoride. While fluorosis may not be painful, it can make you self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth. In this case, it may be best to consult a dentist for a perfect solution for the white spots. The dentist may suggest treatment options such as bleaching, crowns, veneers, and composite restorations.

Diet


Your diet also plays a big role in the appearance of your teeth. For instance, if you consume many acidic foods and beverages, the acid will likely eat away the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of developing white spots. In addition, eating a diet high in sugar can result in acidic plaque, which can destroy the enamel. After some time, you may experience white spots on your teeth as an early stage of tooth decay.

Demineralization


Loss of minerals in the tooth's structure is another cause of white spots. Several minerals help in the buildup of tooth enamel. For instance, calcium, vitamin D, Potassium, Phosphorus, and vitamin C helps to strengthen tooth structures. Lack of these minerals means that your tooth enamel will suffer, leading to the development of white spots. Contact our dentists to learn more about white spots on the teeth and the treatment options available.



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