What Are These White Spots On My Teeth?
Have you noticed white spots on one or more of your teeth? These white spots vary in size and shape and may be the result of dental fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, poor dental hygiene, or the foods you eat. Though white spots don’t typically pose a serious health concern, they can lead to cavities or make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile. That’s no good.
At TLC Escondido Dental in Escondido, CA, we can help you remove white spots and restore the health of and confidence in your smile. If you’re worried about white spots, schedule an appointment today. Our dentists are here to help.
Different Types Of White Spot On Teeth
- Demineralization — Also called decalcification, demineralization occurs when bacteria are allowed to build up on your teeth. Left to sit too long, this bacteria will attack your enamel. This will cause white (and sometimes brown) spots on the teeth and can lead to cavities, so it’s important to have these spots examined by your dentist!
- Enamel Hypoplasia — Enamel hypoplasia typically first occurs during childhood. Enamel hypoplasia is typically caused by nutrition deficiencies, high fevers, or being born prematurely. These types of white spots can also be the result of certain medications or even trauma to your teeth.
- Fluorosis — Especially common in children (or adults who never addressed the issue as a child), fluorosis occurs as a result of excess fluoride exposure. Although fluoride is necessary to strengthen your teeth, too much of it can cause small white (and sometimes yellow and brown) spots.
What Causes White Spots On Teeth?
Poor Oral Hygiene
Plaque accumulation can cause white spots. That’s why it’s so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day. You should also keep up on your regular hygiene appointments to ensure your smile is clean and healthy.
Consuming too many acidic or sugary foods and beverages can take a toll, leading to the demineralization of your teeth. You may also be suffering from a nutritional deficiency (such as celiac disease) that causes mineral loss in the tooth.
If you consumed too many fluoridated beverages or swallowed fluoride toothpaste as a child, you may notice some white spots. Too much fluoride consumption can also cause pitted enamel, making it harder to brush and keep your teeth clean.
Having a high fever as a baby, taking certain medications, or other health conditions (like acid reflux) can all cause white spots on your teeth.
White spots often appear on teeth after removing braces. This is caused by a build of plaque deposits on or around where your bracket used to sit. If you have branches, make sure you’re careful to brush between your brackets to avoid this demineralization.
Open Mouth Sleeping
Some people notice white spots on their teeth in the morning that disappear after a few hours. The cause of this white spot is typically dehydration of the enamel surface of your teeth. Once saliva hits your teeth, the white spots should disappear.