Posted on 11/30/2019 by Fern Creek Dentistry
|This topic may seem silly because who doesn't want whiter teeth? However, the white spots we are referring to are spots that are a different shade of white than the rest of your teeth. These white spots are obvious because of the different color.
They may even be whiter than your natural tooth color. So, what are they and should you worry? The short answer is no, you should not worry, but that is from a dental perspective.
In other words, your dental hygiene is not usually the cause of these white spots and better dental hygiene will not make them go away. But not to worry. There is a reasonable explanation.
What Causes the White Spots?
The white spots can be caused by many things and here we will give you the short list. At the top of the list is your diet. If you eat foods that provide too little calcium, you are at risk for white spots. The white spots are caused by loss of minerals in the enamel layer of your teeth. So, not getting enough calcium can cause them. Calcium is not the only mineral deficiency that can cause them, but is high on the list.
We all know that fluoride helps teeth, but too much fluoride can harm your teeth. Excess fluoride can cause a condition called fluorosis. It is more common in children and you just have to watch any beverages they drink that contain fluoride.
Some antibiotics can cause these spots, particularly in children. If the spots appear, let your physician know. It may be worth changing mediations. Keep in mind, we can fix the white spots, but not while you are still taking the medicine that caused it.
Smoking while you are pregnant and high fevers can also cause the white spots on your teeth, as can sleeping with your mouth open. In the last case, once you renew the saliva in your mouth, the spots will often disappear. To find out more about these spots, reach out to our office!
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