White spots on teeth and what you can do about them
Bil Watson

What To Do When You See White Spots On Teeth

Whether it’s one spot, a blotch, or several speckels, seeing changes in your teeth is definitely something you need to be paying attention to.

Could it be tooth decay?

A dental disease?

Are these spots dangerous?

There are many influences which can cause white spots on teeth. To determine what is causing YOUR white spots, keep reading.

Your dentist should be able to identify the reason why these spots have appeared on your teeth and possibly offer solutions. It never hurts, however, to ask your dentist if one of the the following 5 causes, could be the one in your case.

What causes white spots on teeth?

There are several possible causes of white spots on teeth:

  1. Dental Fluorosis: Caused by consuming too much fluoride in your youth.
  2. Enamel Hypoplasia: Caused by a person’s teeth enamel doesn’t function properly. Occurs during childhood when a person's teeth are still developing. Increases the risk of tooth decay.
  3. Poor Dental Hygiene:  Failing to brush and take care of your teeth leads to tooth decay. Especially true for someone who has braces. Plaque accumulates and leaves deposits that look white, rough, and chipped.
  4. Eating too many sugary or acidic foods: Highly acidic foods eat away at your tooth enamel.
  5. Dehydration of the tooth enamel: Typically happens during the night if you sleep with your mouth open. These spots will usually disappear after a few hours once your mouth becomes properly hydrated with saliva.

While we can't tell you for sure what is causing white spots on your teeth, any dentist should be able to tell you.

Now that you know what the potential CAUSES are of the white spots on your teeth… what’s next?

The first thing to do is to learn how to prevent white spots from forming and then what you can do to get rid of them.

How do you prevent white spots on teeth?

One of the important factors to take into consideration in preventing future white spots, especially in children, is to monitor fluoride intake.

To prevent excess fluoride exposure in young children:

  • Monitor tooth brushing to make sure not too much toothpaste is used
  • Teach them not to swallow toothpaste
  • Avoid giving them tap water and offer filtered water instead
  • Cut back on drinks that contain fluoride such as fruit juices, bottled water, and soft drinks

General tips that everyone should follow in preventing white spots on teeth include:

  • Eat less sugar and acidic foods
  • Brush and floss on a regular basis
  • Use a quality toothpaste designed to remineralize your teeth  (ask your dentist for recommendations)
  • If you have braces, use an oral irrigator, such as a Waterpik, to ensure you clean between and around the brackets properly

Now that you are well aware of how to prevent white spots from appearing on your teeth, let’s look at what you can do to remove them.

How do you get rid of white spots on teeth?

Once you have been to a dentist and determined what is causing white spots on your teeth, the next step you can take is to get rid of the white spots if you want to.

If the white spots aren’t severe, you have two easy options to “erase” them:

  • Microabrasion: Using mild abrasion (scraping), this procedures removes a layer of enamel from the tooth’s surface.
  • Bleaching: This process helps to balance the the color of your tooth’s enamel and lightens the tooth to match the color of the white spots.

If your spots are more severe as a result of dental fluorosis, microabrasion and bleaching won’t be able to offer much help in reducing the appearance of white spots.

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