Patients may be frustrated that white spots on their teeth are making their smiles look unattractive or concerned that the presence of such spots means that they have a significant oral health issue. In order for your dentist to know how to eliminate these spots, it’s important to first understand the potential causes of the issue, as a number of different factors may be involved.
Hypomineralization is a common cause of white spots on teeth. This means that you have lost minerals from your enamel, leading to discoloration. Other issues that can erode enamel include a high-sugar or high-acid diet or acid reflux. Similarly, dry mouth can allow for the proliferation of bacteria that may attack the enamel. Certain genetic issues may also make patients more susceptible to white spots.
Patients who wear braces may develop white spots on their teeth when plaque collects along the brackets. Additionally, patients with nutrient absorption deficiencies, such as celiac disease, may also interfere with the coloring of the enamel.
The recommended treatment to restore your smile’s appearance will depend on the particular cause of the white spots. Your dentist may suggest teeth whitening treatments to normalize the shade of the entire tooth. In some cases, merely polishing the enamel will remove the white spots. Other cases may require more involved intervention, such as bonding to restore deep enamel pockets or porcelain veneers to hide multiple white spots or to improve the appearance of a tooth that does not respond favorably to teeth whitening.
To prevent a recurrence of white spots after you have been treated for this condition, you may need to make some changes to your routine, such as restricting the amount of sugar or acidic foods and beverages in your diet. Your dentist may be able to offer other suggestions of how to extend the longevity of your treatment results.
If you are concerned about white spots on your teeth, contact Fresh Leaf Dental at 714-838-8050 to schedule an evaluation that will determine what is causing those spots so that you can get effective treatment.