White spots on teeth are usually an indication of underlying dental issues. These spots, although white, are usually a different shade than the whiteness of the teeth, which makes Monrovia patients self-conscious and prevents them from smiling. The cause for white spots on teeth can be due to any number of factors, including loss of minerals in the enamel layer of the tooth, tooth decay, etc. Some of the other common causes of white spots on teeth include the following:
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element which strengthens the teeth and prevents tooth decay. However, when it is too much in developing teeth especially, it can lead to decay or formation of white spots. It often occurs in people who consume too much fluoridated beverages or children that swallow toothpaste containing fluoride.
- Poor Nutrition
Another cause of white spots on teeth is poor nutrition. The type of food you eat can affect the enamel of your teeth, which can cause it to have a different shade from the rest of it. Eating foods which erode your enamel continuously can create white or discolored spots on your teeth. Also, foods lacking in calcium deprive your teeth of building blocks of healthy enamel which can lead to white and demineralized spots.
- Certain Medication
Some medications have been known to cause white spots on teeth, which is why certain antibiotics are not approved for use in children. Such drugs create a nutritional deficiency in the body, which causes loss of mineral in the tooth. They also interfere with nutrient absorption in the body which can lead to the formation of white spots as well.
- Poor Oral Hygiene
When you don’t brush or floss your teeth regularly, it can lead to the buildup of plaque which can cause white spots to appear. Plaque is made up of sugars, which bacteria feed off. When these bacteria feed off the plaque in your mouth, they produce acids which attack the teeth and causes white spots to appear.
- Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a condition whereby the intestine is sensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting foods. This disease comes with other problems like multiple sclerosis, and osteoporosis. In addition to these complications, celiac disease can also affect the enamel of your teeth, which can cause the dreaded white spots to occur.
Treatment for White Spots for Monrovia Patients
There are different treatment options available to you, to get rid of white spots. However, Monrovia dentist, Dr. Q will need to first determine the underlying cause before she can treat it using any of the following options.
- Porcelain Veneers
- Chin Straps
What Should You Do When You Notice White Spots on Your Teeth?
If you suddenly notice the appearance of white spots on your teeth, you should see your dentist immediately. If you are in Monrovia, Dr. Q can help you determine the cause of the spots and offer the most appropriate and lasting teeth whitening solution to it. Contact Dr. Q Dental at (626) 599-9819 to schedule an appointment to get your smile back!