What Are These White Spots On My Teeth?

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If you’ve looked in the mirror and wondered “what are those white spots on my teeth?” don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are various reasons for these discolored or white patches and the best way to treat them is to make an appointment to see your dentist.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

There are several factors that could be causing these white spots and some are easier to treat than others:

  • Tooth decay

    Poor oral hygiene will cause an increase in bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria builds up to form plaque, a sticky layer which will attack your teeth, causing noticeable white spots.

  • Poor diet

    What you eat and drink can affect the way your teeth look. Sugary or acidic foods and drinks will wear away at your enamel, leading to white or discolored spots on your teeth. A diet lacking in calcium will also lead to weaker enamel and visible white spots.

  • Fluorosis

    This is a condition caused by consuming too much fluoride, whether from fluoridated drinks, supplements, or ingesting too much toothpaste. Generally it’s seen in young children while their teeth are developing. Fluorosis is harmless but may cause unsightly white spots on your teeth.

  • Enamel Hypoplasia

    This also generally only occurs in young children with developing teeth but it’s a condition where not enough enamel is produced. People with enamel hypoplasia are at a much higher risk for tooth decay and a patchy look to their teeth.

Can White Spots on Teeth be Treated?

It is possible to get rid of white spots on your teeth – here are the most common treatments:

Can I Prevent My Teeth From Getting White Spots?

If you’re worried about getting white spots on your teeth, there are some things you can do to prevent them from forming.

If you have any questions or concerns about the appearance of your teeth, speak to your dentist to find the best solution for you.