White Spots On Teeth: Reasons and Treatments

White Spots On Teeth: Reasons and Treatments undefined

Have you noticed white spots that are prominently visible on the surfaces of your teeth? If you have, you may have found them quite perplexing. 

Many people simply live with this condition without ever knowing why the white spots were formed or how to deal with them.

Dentist Dr Ryan Yun replied to a question from a DoctorxDentist reader who has had white spots on her front tooth since she was a child. He elaborated on the possible causes and treatment options available in Singapore.

White spots on teeth may be caused by diet or braces treatment

woman with braces


Sometimes, white spots may be formed by plaque or appear on the teeth of those who wear braces. Similarly, if you eat too much acidic or sugary food, the same white spot effect can develop. [1]

They could also be due to dental fluorosis

toothpaste with flouride


Dental fluorosis is a condition that develops if you consumed too much fluoride at a very young age. One of the common symptoms is that of white spots that form on the teeth. [2]

Another condition called enamel hypoplasia can also cause the white spots

enamel hypoplasia being treated


Enamel hypoplasia typically occurs when a tooth enamel does not form properly. This gradually leads to an increase in tooth decay and as an additional consequence, the formation of white spots. [3]

Teeth whitening can help solve the issue

a woman having tooth whitening treatment


One common treatment option is teeth whitening, which can help reduce the appearance of not just white spots but any other stains on the teeth. There are generally two types of teeth whitening procedures; chairside whitening (performed at the dental office) and home bleaching kit whitening. [4]

Dental veneers can also conceal white spots

dental veneers


With thin, protective coverings that are usually attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, veneers help to conceal the white spots and ultimately improve appearance. [5]

Teeth polishing can reduce the appearance of white spots as well

tooth polishing on a woman's teeth


The teeth polishing procedure can involve removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth. This can also help to reduce the appearance of white spots. [6]

Resin composite filling is an alternative treatment

a dentist taking some resin filling from a container


Dental composite resins are types of synthetic resins used in dentistry for restorative purposes. However, the procedure can also cover up the appearance of any inconsistencies (including white spots) on the teeth. [7]

Finally, topical fluoride can manage tooth decay

a man in a dental chair


Fluoride treatment can be used to manage the development of white spots by preventing further decay. The treatment encourages the development of enamel which improves the health and appearance of your teeth. [8]

Whatever the cause of white spots on your teeth, there is an assortment of effective solutions and treatments available out there. Be sure to consult your dentist before making any decisions so a quick assessment can be made and treatment can be suggested.

 

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References:

1. Philip E Benson, Nicola Parkin, Declan T Millett, Fiona Dyer, Suzy Vine, and Anwar Shah. Fluorides for the prevention of white spots on teeth during fixed brace treatment.Cochrane Systematic Review. 19 July 2004. Accessed April 2019.

2. WebMD. Fluorosis Overview. WebMD. 2019. Accessed April 2019.

3. Ann Pietrangelo. Enamel Hypoplasia. Healthline. 2019. Accessed April 2019.

4. Mark Burhenne. teeth whitening: what to know before you go. Ask The Dentist. 27 Mar 2019. Accessed April 2019.

5. Rachel Nall. Eleven tips to treat white spots on teeth. Medical News Today. 12 June 2018. Accessed April 2019.

6. Akshima Sahi. Tooth Polishing Procedure. News-Medical.Net. 23 Aug 2018. Accessed April 2019.

7. WebMD. Dental Health and Tooth Fillings. WebMD. 2019. Accessed April 2019.

8. WebMD. Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment. WebMD. 2019. Accessed April 2019.

1252 views 3 Apr 2019 Medically reviewed by Dr Ryan Yun on 17 Apr 2019.
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