Understanding White Spots on Teeth: Insights from Your Pueblo West Dentist

White spots on your teeth can be frustrating. The good news is that they are typically preventable and seldom a cause for alarm. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of white spots, how to prevent them, and available treatment options if you already have them.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

  1. Dental Fluorosis: This occurs when a child consumes or is exposed to excessive fluoride during tooth development. While aesthetically undesirable, it’s harmless and can occur before teeth erupt. Overuse of fluoride toothpaste is a common cause in the US.
  2. Poor Dental Hygiene: Inadequate brushing can lead to the development of white spots on teeth.
  3. Braces: Prolonged wear of braces can affect tooth coloration and create white spots.
  4. Acidic or Sugary Foods: Consumption of these foods can damage tooth enamel and alter its color. Rinsing your mouth after consuming acidic or sugary items can help mitigate these effects.

How Can I Prevent Them?

Adhering to a proper oral hygiene routine is key to preventing white spots on teeth. Ensure your child uses the appropriate amount of toothpaste – a smear the size of a rice grain for children under 3, and no more than a pea-sized amount for those over 3. Since children may accidentally swallow toothpaste, supervise them closely during brushing.

What Are the Treatment Options?

If you’re already dealing with white spots, there are solutions available. Whitening or bleaching can help even out tooth coloration. Dental veneers offer a comprehensive solution, enhancing the appearance of teeth beyond addressing white spots. In some cases, topical fluoride or enamel microabrasion may effectively treat white spots.

Our dentist will recommend the most suitable treatment for addressing white spots on your teeth. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a brighter smile.

West Mountain Dental
Phone: (719) 547-8338
141 S Purcell Blvd., Suite 120
Pueblo West, CO 81007