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What causes white spots on teeth

Posted by Dr. Matheson on Jan 31 2020, 09:25 AM

Have you ever noticed the white spots on your teeth while looking at yourself in the mirror? Just like different types of white paint colors, white teeth also come in many shades. This discoloration might occur as spots, marks, or stripes. There could be a few reasons for that appearance:

Discolored lines across the middle:If the middle or bottom set of teeth in a child appears with discolored lines, then it is known as dental fluorosis. Children often suffer from it, due to the overuse of toothpaste and excessive fluoride in teeth. According to the ADA, children are most prone to this condition until they’ve turned eight years old. It is necessary to watch over your child’s fluoride intake. Your dentist can help in determining the right amount of fluoride for your kid. Consuming enough amounts of water can also play a vital role in the amount of fluoride. In most of the cases, the white marks on the teeth do not affect the health of your teeth, and even make them more resistant against decay.

White spots on teeth: Due to lack of nutrition, you might develop less enamel on your teeth than a normal person, then it is called enamel hypoplasia. People who have celiac disease often struggle absorbing nutrients through their digestive system. Premature babies are also likely to develop this condition. People suffering from this condition develop white spots on teeth, pits, and fissures, which then get vulnerable to decay and bacteria. It’s treatment usually includes the use of sealants, fillings, and crowns.

Plaque: There could be several adverse outcomes with excessive plaque. It is essential to brush your teeth after having a meal to remove harmful bacteria and plaque. People with poor dental hygiene are likely to experience plaque buildup. 

Medications: Antibiotics are said to cause teeth discoloration, such as antihistamines, high blood pressure medications, and certain mouth rinses. 

Dry mouth:Saliva is necessary to keep your teeth clean from bacteria and food. Saliva transports calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals that are tooth-supporting. Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, can be caused by certain medications or even by your sleeping habits.  For good oral and overall health, make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly after meals. 

 

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