Have you ever risen, fresh from a good night’s sleep, stumbled to the mirror in the bathroom to brush your teeth, and noticed white spots on your front teeth? Well, if you have, you’re not alone. These white spots are called Enamel Hypoplasia or Hypocalcification. But what causes these white spots? We are here to share some of the causes and ways to prevent these flecks from becoming a nuisance in your daily routine. Although white flecks or spots on your teeth can be caused for a variety of reasons, here are a few of the most common causes:
As a child, while your teeth were developing in your gums, you may have been a victim of dental fluorosis. This condition is caused by an increased intake of fluoride.
Fluoride can be found in various forms; however, drinking water (either from a tap or a bottle) and toothpaste are among the most common. Children should always be supervised while brushing their teeth since swallowing fluoride-filled toothpaste can be detrimental to their tooth development.
In some cases, the thinning of the protective enamel that covers the surface of your teeth may cause the visible white spots. As the enamel begins to disappear, your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities and decay.
A lack of calcium and proper oral hygiene is usually the cause of decalcified enamel, and this condition can usually be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting your Kelowna dental clinic twice a year.
If you suffered a form of dental trauma in your life, white flecks may have formed on your teeth. By simply being knocked in the mouth, chipping a tooth, or grinding your teeth, the enamel may have been damaged. This will eventually lead to deterioration of the enamel and ultimately cause cavities or tooth decay.
If you now have or have had orthodontic braces, you may be at a higher risk for developing white spots on your teeth. Since braces interfere with brushing and flossing, it’s important to spend a few extra minutes ensuring you get to the harder-to-reach spots in your mouth.
The acid found in the plaque that can build up, especially around the braces themselves, can deteriorate the enamel on your teeth. If this happens, white spots will form and eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay.
No matter what the white flecks on your teeth are caused by, it’s always a good idea to have them checked out at your local Kelowna dental clinic. If the white flecks are left untreated, your dental health could be at risk.
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