Causes of White Spots on Teeth

White spots develop due to several reasons, some of them being grave matters and some light ones. Whatever the case, do not ignore the occurrence of one in your teeth. It might be an indicator of mineral content loss, which could be due to higher acidity build up in the teeth. We might see greater acidity build up when we consume more carbohydrates in our diet. It could also occur as a result of injury or trauma to the teeth during its development stages. Of course, it makes you look bad but it also is an indication that something might be wrong with your teeth as a white spot indicates compromised tooth enamel. It might be the right time to visit a dentist if you haven’t been there regularly.

White Spot Lesion

According to the dental clinic, a white spot lesion is an indication of the beginning of decay. The lesion forms in the area where the tooth decay begins. It can be commonly seen in people with braces. It is very important for these individuals to take care of their oral hygiene. They must take care that they brush and floss around the brackets and under the wire. Also, taking a proper diet is also very important for the prevention of white spot formation. It will also help if you avoid drinks having high sugar or acid content, and decreasing the frequency of carbohydrate intake. 

Getting braces fitted will not lead to the development of white spots but poor hygiene will. However, plaque builds up in places that are hard to reach, which might be inaccessible due to the shape and placement of your braces. If you overlook proper hygiene practices, you may see many white spots at the places where your braces were placed. These spots will lead to tooth decay and staining. 

If you are unlucky enough to see white spot lesions when your braces come off, talk to your dentist to work out the best possible solution to the problem. Timely action will prevent further decay and cavities. 

How can my Dentist help?

White spot lesions are permanent and cause a change in the structure of your tooth. They are not removable. However, your dentist might be able to reduce them depending on many factors like:

  • Size 
  • Cause 
  • Erosion of the enamel 
  • Quantity of spots on teeth

If you see signs of white spots, make sure you visit your dentist as soon as possible to prevent the formation of further cavities.

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Dr. Priya Verma

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