Should You Be Worried About the White Spots on Your Teeth?
Spot is a classic name for the family pet. Front row seats at a popular band’s concert is the desired spot for devoted fans. However, white spots on our teeth can make our smile stay hidden when we celebrate life’s most cherished moments!
Let’s check out why these pesky white spots show up and what we can do to diminish their effect on our beautiful smile!
According to the American Dental Association, “One cause for those unsightly white spots is fluorosis, which is what happens to our adult teeth when we get too much fluoride before they finish developing under our gums. Fluorosis doesn’t damage the teeth, it just creates an uneven, sometimes spotty bleaching effect.”
The ADA suggests that if you want to manage those unsightly spots you must start when you are between the ages of 3 and 8. So for some of us, that time frame might have passed, but if your kids are still learning to brush their teeth, you must manage the amount of toothpaste that is dabbed on their tooth brush! Too much toothpaste – may lead to too much fluoride – which may lead to white spots and/or white streaks on the teeth. This discoloration can vary in shades of white, yellow and even brown.
“Where did the white spots on my teeth come from?”
Now let’s investigate why some adults may develop the displeasing tooth decolorization. Here are a couple “BIG” words that deal with nutritional discrepancies and lack of a regulated brushing schedule.
- The first is enamel hypoplasia, which centers around nutritional discrepancies. According to research from the US National Library of Medicine these milky white, sometimes yellowish spots are less mineralized and, therefore, more likely to show decay.
- The second is demineralization, which occurs when bacterial plaque accumulates on the teeth. These spots are a direct result of not brushing on a regular basis. According to the American Academy of General Dentistry these white demineralized spots will lead to decay if not kept clean.
How to remove white spots on teeth:
Now let’s investigate a few ways the smile cancelling spots can be treated. There are three common treatments for those little aesthetic discrepancies: micro-abrasion, bleaching or porcelain veneers.
- Micro-abrasion, with the assistance of a dental provider, is the gentle removal of a thin layer of surface enamel. When this treatment is combined with a tooth-whitening regiment – the results are a smile generating outcome!
- Bleaching, with the assistance of a dental provider, can help balance the whiteness of your teeth. For best results, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry advises combining an in-office whitening procedure with a supervised “take home kit” this strategy can get you closer to the whitening results you desire!
- The third treatment will involve a few office visits and some dental chair time – porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers will provide a white, stain resistant, finish that is bonded to your existing teeth.
Now it is time to take Spot to the dog park to play, smile and laugh. Later that evening, sing along with your favorite band as you enjoy the perks of the front row! And finally, figuring out how to get rid of those white spots will bring a satisfying smile to your face! Remember, smile back on yesterday, smile within the day and smile as the future provides you access to your dreams!
Don’t let acute discoloration keep you from smiling. Like most oral issues, figuring out how to get rid of white spots on teeth may be easier than you thought.