Spotted Teeth? Here’s the Cause…

We all want healthy, white teeth—but can they  be too bright? Yes, actually. In fact, many people have bright “white spots” on their teeth that don’t blend in with the shade of the other teeth.

Here are a few possible causes.

Deminerali[z]nation

When bacterial plaque builds up on the teeth, deminerali[z]ation can occur and ultimately leave permanent bright white spots in its place. Deminerali[z]ation can be common in children and adults with braces who don’t practise proper brushing techniques. If you’re wearing or considering braces for example, remember the importance of brushing after every meal.

Fluorosis

Fluorosis can cause a change in enamel when too much or large amounts of fluoride is ingested as the teeth are forming. Likely culprits are usually supplements, fluoride toothpaste and ahigh concentration of fluoridated water. Though, a certain amount of fluoride can help teeth fight decay, an excessive amount can do more harm than good.

Enamel Hypoplasia

Resulting from nutritional deficiencies, prenatal smoking and side effects from medicine or supplements, areas of the teeth with enamel hypoplasia resemble fluorosis spots and may be yellow, brown or white in color, though its appearance is more linear.

Contact our practice to learn more about the treatments available to correct the appearance of bright spots on your teeth.