Why Do I Have White Spots On My Teeth?

While there are many causes for those dull, white spots that stand out in your smile, the most common is a loss of minerals in the enamel layer of the tooth. Those pesky spots aren’t just unsightly; they also lead to tooth decay and deterioration. In fact, white spots on teeth can be the first sign of a bacterial attack. Leaving demineralization unattended may lead to serious consequences, such as tooth decay, destruction, and other complications.

White Spots on Teeth Causes

  • Orthodontics
  • Acidic, sugary diet
  • Dry mouth
  • Acid reflux

White Spots on Teeth Treatments

  • Polishing
  • Bleaching
  • Bonding
  • Veneers

Common Questions About White Spots:

I’ve heard excess fluoride could be causing this—is that true?

Consuming inordinate amounts of fluoride—especially at a young age while your teeth are still developing—can cause white spots on teeth.

Is my at-home whitening treatment helping or making things worse?

While many people suffering from white spots try do-it-yourself solutions at home, this can be a mistake. What usually occurs is that the whitening product will not only whiten your teeth, but the white spot as well—making the spots even more noticeable!

Do braces cause white spots on teeth?

No, the braces themselves won’t cause white spots on teeth—but poor dental hygiene while wearing them can. Plaque builds up on those hard-to-clean areas around the braces and when they’re removed, white spots may be visible.

What Dentists Are Saying
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Rather Than Treat White Spots—Let’s Prevent Them!

Of course, in an ideal world, prevention would win out in every case. People would avoid letting acidic conditions persist in their mouths, and white spots would never develop. However, if white spots are already present, there’s still white spots on teeth treatment options to avoid letting full dental caries develop in the weakened white spots.

There are few steps for how to avoid white spots on teeth spots from occurring in the first place. Remineralization—replacing the lost minerals that caused the visible white spot—is vital to restore strength to the area. CariFree CTx4 Gel 1100 contains nano hydroxyapatite, a bio available version of the minerals that make up tooth enamel. Regular use of CariFree products can remineralize and re-harden enamel by supplying the minerals lost in acid attack. They also can reduce bacterial load, keeping oral pH high and making the environment unfavorable for bacteria to live. Less caries-causing bacteria means a lowered likelihood of developing dental cavities. Finally, the pH correcting action of CariFree products allows minerals to stay in the tooth enamel, preventing the development of new white spot lesions.

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