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How to Deal with White Spots on Teeth?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Dr. Darren Huddleston
How to Deal with White Spots on Teeth?Many people are concerned about the way their teeth look. One common issue that can cause worry is the appearance of white spots on the teeth. While these spots can be unsightly, they are usually harmless and do not require treatment. With regular brushing and flossing, you can prevent the formation of white spots. If the spots are already present, your dentist can help to remove them.

What Causes White Spots on Your Teeth?

The most common cause of white spots in children is dental fluorosis, which occurs when a child ingests too much fluoride while their teeth develop. In most cases, dental fluorosis is mild and only results in a few white spots. However, it can cause more widespread staining or pitting of the tooth enamel in rare cases.

Enamel is the hard, outermost layer of your teeth, and it can be damaged by acidic foods and drinks, plaque, and poor oral hygiene. When enamel is damaged, it starts to break down and reveal the underlying layer of your teeth, which is typically a yellowish color. Sometimes, white spots can also make your teeth more sensitive to temperature changes and increase your risk of cavities. White spots on teeth can also be caused by certain medical conditions, such as dehydration or an eating disorder. 

How to Get Rid of White Spots on Teeth

There are several ways to treat white spots on teeth. One option is to use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. These products can help to remove surface stains and brighten your teeth. If the white spots are more severe, you may need to see a dentist for professional whitening treatments. In some cases, veneers or bonding may cover up the affected teeth. With proper care, you can minimize the appearance of white spots on your teeth and keep your smile looking its best.

If you are concerned about the appearance of white spots on your teeth, talk to our dentist. They can help you determine the cause of the spots and recommend the best treatment option.
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