What causes white spots on your teeth?

What causes white spots on your teeth?

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If you are suffering from white spot lesions, you will want to know what the root cause is, and more importantly, can it be treated? Let’s dig deeper into ‘What causes white spots on your teeth?’

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one specific root cause, and it can be due to a number of factors, such as:

  • Fluorosis – Caused by ingesting a large amount of fluoride. While there are many benefits to fluoride ingesting too much, whether that’s from swallowing toothpaste or drinking overly fluoridated water can cause teeth discoloration. The discoloration that appears can be anything from chalky white, yellow, or even brown.
  • Enamel Hypoplasia – A defect where there is thinner enamel than normal. There are many reasons which can cause this, for instance: It can be hereditary, Vitamin Deficiency, Trauma to teeth, and Preterm Births. 
  • Demineralization – Creates white areas on the enamel of teeth, resulting from the build-up of plaque. This is commonly seen in people who wear braces. It can also be an indication of poor hygiene.

If you suffer from white spot lesions and don’t like it from an aesthetic view, don’t panic, it is fully treatable.

Preventing ‘What causes white spots on your teeth?’

We know that having white spots on your teeth can be challenging, but there are many things that we can do to help prevent them from appearing, (of course this depends on the root cause). Like:

  • Visiting the dentist regularly
  • Using fluoride-free water
  • Using the correct amount of toothpaste (A pea-sized skirt is more than enough)
  • Reducing sugary and acidic food and drink

If you have any unanswered questions on what we have discussed today, then please get in Contact Us for a no-obligation chat.

How to remove white spots on your teeth?

This is a great question and one that’s so important for us to answer. White spot lesions can be a real burden to many people, preventing them from smiling; showing off a vital feature that expresses so many emotions. However, there are some fantastic treatments out there that can help remove white spots…

  • Enamel microabrasion
  • Dental veneer
  • Topical fluoride
  • ICON

(Some believe that teeth whitening or bleaching can help, however, it can make the white spots more prominent)

If you want to discuss the treatment for you, or would like more information about the new, modern technique ICON please get in Contact Us.

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