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What causes white spots on my teeth?

dentist CypressWhite spots on teeth can occur for a multitude of reasons … some are unpreventable while others occur due to external factors that can be resolved. A consultation with your dentist will demonstrate the ways you can treat those white spots or tooth discoloration.

Teeth actually form in the womb. Genetics play a role in a variety of ways; and teeth are no exception. Many dental abnormalities are a result of the gene pool and are unpreventable. But that does not mean white spots are untreatable.

White spots on dental enamel can be the result of a mineral imbalance. Or the consumption of excessive fluoride can produce this dental stain. One might wonder how you can take too much fluoride – it’s not from drinking too much water. Fluoride supplements are not always needed unless you live in an area where you rely on well or bottled water as your primary source of H2O. City water has been fluoridated in most areas for more than half a century.

White spots on teeth can be an indication you are experiencing active dental decay. Many patients who wear dental braces for an extended period of time might have white spots seen when the braces are removed.

Stained dental enamel can be treated in a multitude of ways. If spots are due to extrinsic conditions, teeth whitening might be the solution.

If spots are small, your dentist might recommend dental bonding. A tooth colored resin material is used to blend away discoloration. It is permanently bonded to teeth making this a long term solution.

If many teeth are involved or staining is severe eliminating whitening or bonding, the patient may wish to undergo a smile makeover using dental veneers. Veneers are wafer thin porcelain shells that are made to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and coloring.

Our dental team can provide a diagnosis and a solution for patients wishing to eliminate dental white spots. Once resolved, brush and floss daily; and see your dentist every six months to maintain excellent oral health.

Harmful Effects of Soda on Teeth

Cypress DDSSoda, pop, soft drink … no matter what term you use to describe the flavored fizzy beverage many of us drink, the results can be hazardous to teeth. The occasional indulgence is safe for most, but millions of people drink soda more often. Your dentist can explain how much damage you could be doing to your teeth such as:

Decay – A cavity occurs when the protective surface of a tooth, the dental enamel, has been breached. Many people believe the sugar content of soda is the primary contributor to decay mistakenly believing that they can drink as much diet soda as they want without concern. However, while sugar can be a negative factor, the bigger offender is the acidic content in soda.

Regular soda consumption allows this highly acidic beverage to wear away dental enamel providing opportunity for dental decay. Always follow soda consumption with a water rinse; if that is not practical, chewing sugar free gum will induce saliva production. Saliva is considered nature’s mouthwash so acids will be flushed away; but always chew sugar free gum.

Stain – Soda consumption can result in dental stain. Many people know that coffee, tea, and red wine can stain teeth, but soda can stain as well.

If you are going to imbibe in a soft drink, there are a couple of tips that you should consider that might help to limit the amount of acid that will impact teeth:

Use a straw – Sipping with a straw allows most of the beverage to bypass teeth limiting exposure to dental enamel.

Don’t swish – Holding the beverage in your mouth is not a good idea; swallow right away.

Brush and floss – Just not right away. The acidic content in soda softens dental enamel so brushing right away can actually do more harm. Wait at least one hour before brushing teeth following soda consumption.

Daily oral maintenance – Brush with a fluoridated tooth paste to help keep dental enamel strong.

Make sure you make and keep those dental appointments every six months. Your dentist or hygienist will remove plaque that has built up on teeth since your previous appointment; polish your teeth so they will look their best; and perform a dental exam so any problems can be treated before they have a chance to escalate.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and professional cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.