White teeth. They’re beautiful, right? We want to have pretty, white, shiny teeth. But, what about white spots on the teeth? How worried should you be if instead of shiny, even white on your teeth, you have dull or rough looking spots that are whiter than the surrounding tooth? It turns out, those white spots are really scary and are worth having your dentist check them out.
“I Knew You Were Trouble”
The first time you looked in the mirror and saw those white spots, did you freak out a little or just wonder what they were? If your instinctive response was, “That’s not right,” then you’re right. White spots are weak spots on the teeth.
The outer layer of the teeth is made of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. The enamel is made up of minerals. The white spots are areas of mineral loss, and enamel that has lost minerals is enamel that is in danger of failing.
We know that a hole in the tooth is a cavity. We know that a brown spot on a tooth can be a sign of a cavity developing. And, a demineralized white spot can be a cavity waiting to happen.
So, what can be done about those white spots? It’s important to stop the damage in time to avoid developing damage and cavities.
Remineralizing the spot can help add strength to the spot and reduce the risk that the weakened spot will turn into a full cavity. CariFree CTx4 1100 Gel contains nano hydroxyapatite, a mineral that builds enamel. Using a remineralizing gel during twice a day tooth brushing can build strength back into the tooth.
Repairing the current damage, of course, is only part of the picture. It’s important to work with your dentist to understand why you developed white spots in the first place. A diet lacking in calcium and other minerals can sometimes lead your body to leach (take) the calcium it needs from your teeth and bones.
Acidic conditions in your mouth, caused by frequent snacking, drinking things other than water between meals, or frequent meals is, perhaps, the most common cause of softened enamel and mineral loss. These acidic conditions can be treated with a pH balanced rinse or mouth spray, like CariFree CTx3 Rinse or by adjusting eating and drinking habits. By working with your dentist, you can identify the root of the problem to keep it from happening again.
Once the damage is repaired and the cause has been identified so you can prevent future damage, you and your dentist can discuss cosmetic options to return your smile to the smile of your dreams. The duller white area can often be restored to a more normal appearance with professional whitening and blending techniques available in your dentist’s office.
“Tied Together With a Smile”
White spots should never be ignored, but they don’t have to mean a Taylor Swift style break up between you and a healthy smile. Treat the spot, find the cause, and care for the cosmetic result and you’ll be back to happy in no time flat.