Help! My Teeth Have White Spots and I Don’t Know Why

It’s natural to feel frustrated by flaws in your teeth! Millions of Americans turn to cosmetic dentistry every year for solutions to perfect their smiles. If you’ve noticed splotches in your grin, however, you might have additional questions. Many patients wonder, for instance, whether their dappled teeth are a symptom of a larger issue that needs to be addressed. If this sounds like you, keep reading to learn more about why your pearly whites might look spotty and what you can do about it!

What Caused Spotting on My Teeth?

Your dentist will need to examine your mouth to determine why your teeth developed the white markings. In many cases, it’s due to a common dental problem known as decalcification. It often happens when unhealthy bacteria in your mouth form acids that leech important minerals, like calcium and phosphorus, from the structure of your teeth in a process called enamel hypoplasia. The end result is a chalky, white area that you can’t brush away.

Other possible causes include:

  • Too much fluoride. Many toothpaste and mouthwash brands fortify their products with fluoride to restore enamel. However, if you consumed too much fluoride as a child (by swallowing toothpaste, usually), it can permanently discolor your developing teeth in a condition known as fluorosis.
  • Dietary decisions. If you aren’t eating enough calcium, then you might see these specks develop. Also, eating highly acidic foods can exacerbate the issue.
  • Prescription medications. Some antibiotics impact how your body absorbs nutrients which can result in blotches.
  • Tobacco use. If a mother smokes while pregnant, her baby can be impacted while in the womb because it accelerates the process of enamel hypoplasia, which occurs while teeth are still growing.
  • High fevers. Your body is more likely to dehydrate when you’re feverish which allows bacteria to thrive in your dry mouth.
  • Braces. Food particles are notorious for catching in your metal brackets which allows unwanted microbes to eat into your enamel.

How Can My Dentist Mend My Teeth?

You probably aren’t keen on the idea of sporting a blemished smile for the rest of your life. Fortunately, your dentist can with treatments like:

  • Enamel microabrasion. This minimally invasive method uses acidic and abrasive agents to remove the stains without eroding too much of your enamel.
  • Resin infusion. Tooth colored material is infused into the white spot
  • Teeth whitening. Bleaching is also effective at removing surface stains.
  • Veneers. These resilient porcelain covers are attached to the front surface of your tooth to mask flaws.

Thankfully, you don’t have to live with spotted teeth forever! Your dentist can work with you on a treatment plan to give you the perfect smile you deserve.

About the Practice

At Sandi L. Hamm DDS- Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, two skilled dentists work together to offer a wide range of dental therapies to patients of all ages, including cosmetic solutions. They have a combined several decades of experience to pull from and take a comprehensive approach to oral healthcare. Using advanced technology, they provide high-quality treatments for results that last. If you’d like a consultation, you’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (817) 477-4441.