You’ve just brushed your teeth, and you noticed that you have small white spots on your teeth. No need to panic. You’re not the only one in this situation! These spots can be a source of embarrassment for you, but they have different causes.
In this article, the team at the Centre Dentaire & d’Implantologie Boucherville will explain to you what typically causes white spots on teeth, and we invite you to make an appointment with us for an effective and optimal treatment.
What are teeth made of?
First off, teeth have a layer of enamel that makes teeth smooth and protects the dentine from damage. Enamel is said to be the hardest substance in the body. It contains a high percentage of minerals, which gives it the necessary solidity to protect your teeth and ensure their longevity.
However, enamel can erode over time for various reasons, and this deterioration can cause the appearance of white spots on teeth. Once they appear, these white spots can become a source of embarrassment, which might in turn lead to a loss of self-confidence, if you don’t do anything to have them treated. After all, there is nothing better than a beautiful smile with no spots or stains!
What are the causes of white spots on teeth?
From the outset, it’s important to point out that white spots on teeth are generally caused by an accumulation of dental plaque. This accumulation of bacteria occurs when dental hygiene is poor, or when brushing is not done properly or regularly.
Moreover, certain factors tend to accelerate the appearance of white spots on teeth. There are three main ones, although other factors can contribute to the appearance of these white spots. We’ll tell you about the chief ones right now.
Enamel damaged by mineral loss
One of the most frequent causes of white spots on teeth is enamel demineralization (or damaged enamel). When this happens, teeth enamel loses important minerals like calcium or phosphorus.
This damage tends to occur when bacteria break down the sugars contained in sweet foods and produce acids that attack tooth enamel.
Too much fluoride
An excess of fluoride is often observed, especially with very young patients. Fluorine is not only found in dental paste, but also in certain beverages.
Fluorine is generally good for your teeth. However, an excessive dental hygiene can overload growing teeth and cause white spots. It’s absolutely normal that parents carefully monitor the dental hygiene of their children, but when it comes to brushing the teeth, remember that you shouldn’t go beyond a certain level with children.
In that regard, brushing the teeth after each meal and at bedtime remains the accepted norm.
A less healthy diet
The last factor but not the least is the food you consume. An unhealthy diet can be the cause of the white spots on your teeth.
Acidic foods, and beverages (soft drinks) in particular, can damage tooth enamel. Indeed, a diet that’s too sweet is likely to encourage the growth of deposits that can attack tooth enamel.
We’ve emphasized this detail above: when tooth enamel is compromised, white spots can appear. It’s important to take a look at what you consume, and, if needed, to stay on the safe side and change your diet. On that note, consuming foods and beverages that are less sweet will ensure your teeth remain healthy.
If there are white spots on my teeth, what do you recommend?
If you have white spots on your teeth, but no pain, you don’t need to worry for the time being. However, you should interpret these white spots as a warning sign indicating a possible cavity.
In either case, you should talk to your dentist during your next visit. They’ll investigate and suggest an effective treatment plan. However, if pain persists, make an appointment immediately.
A professional team at your service
If the white spots are bothering you, don’t hesitate to contact the members of our team at the Centre Dentaire & d’Implantologie Boucherville. Our courteous staff will take the time to answer all your questions and to suggest the appropriate treatment, if necessary.
Make an appointment now, for a quick access to our dentists!