One of the steps that you need to take to maintain good oral health is to do a visual exam of your teeth and gums. You need to look for anything that is out of the ordinary or for changes that occur in your mouth.
One of the things that you may see during a self-exam is white spots on your teeth. It is worth taking some time to learn what it means when white spots form on your teeth and what you need to do about it.
Causes of the White Spots
White spots can form on their teeth for a few reasons. A condition known as dental fluorosis can cause people to get white spots on their teeth when they are young. It comes from getting too much fluoride as a child.
Another cause is poor oral hygiene. People that don't brush or don't brush properly can end up with white spots on their teeth. The white spots come from the buildup of bacteria on the teeth from bad habits. The bacteria can cause the enamel of the teeth to break down and white spots can start to form.
The foods you eat may also lead to white spots. Highly acidic foods can eat away at the enamel and lead to white spots. Women that smoke while they are pregnant and people on certain medications are another group at risk for white spots.
Treating the White Spots
Treating the white spots involves determining what the cause it. There are ways to remove the white spots, but if the cause is not dealt with, they can return. Options to remove the white spots include teeth whitening products, enamel micro-abrasion and dental veneers.
Taking care of your oral health requires paying attention to what is going on with your teeth. If you have white spots on your teeth, you need to find out why and do something about it.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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