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Why Do I Have White Spots on My Teeth?

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White spots on your teeth are known as decalcification and are a form of acute discoloration. It is a common dental problem that many people experience, and while it is a cosmetic issue, most people want to treat these spots and want to prevent them from reappearing in the future.

These spots can happen to anyone and the primary cause is decalcification; this is a process in which calcium and phosphorus are removed from the structure of your teeth. This is the result of acids that are formed by bacteria that dissolves teeth enamel and creates white spots. Some of the most common causes include bacteria overgrowth, too much fluoride, a poor diet and medications. Too much bacteria in your mouth will contribute to the formation of white spots, so you must follow through with your daily oral hygiene routine because if you allow bacteria to remain in your mouth, it will thrive and lead to a number of problems. Brushing and flossing will help prevent white spots on your teeth. Drinking too much fluoridated water, swallowing fluoride toothpaste and the use of certain medications will also lead to white spots, so be mindful of these aspects.

Calcium is the foundation of teeth, so if your diet is low in terms of foods containing calcium, white spots will appear. Depriving your teeth of calcium means they are not getting the proper nutrients that are needed for healthy and strong tooth enamel, so make sure your diet includes almonds, cheese and leafy greens as they are rich in calcium. You should also be careful with the types of medications that you take because some antibiotics will impact the way your mouth builds tooth enamel and will make it easier for bacteria to get through.

If you want to get rid of the white spots on your teeth, treatments are available but only through a professional dentist. These treatments cannot be done at home and your dentist can recommend a few different options based on your situation. Enamel microabrasion, teeth bleaching and porcelain veneers are all options you can consider and your dentist will help with the decision. Enamel microabrasion is a treatment that is executed mechanically and the use of tools will be required. It is a common process and very effective, so you will see results. Bleaching your teeth will also help get rid of white spots and your dentist will use one of two bleaches to whiten your teeth. Both hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are safe and will break up your white spots into smaller stains so that they are less noticeable.

If you have white spots on your teeth, Forest Hill Family Dental can help. We can take care of all of your cosmetic dentistry needs, so whether you need dental implants or dentures, our dentists do it all. If you are in the Kitchener or Waterloo areas, give us a call today!