While brushing your teeth, have you ever looked into your bathroom mirror and saw that your teeth had tiny white spots all over them? If you have and it made you lose a little confidence in your smile, keep on reading to understand what causes these spots and what you can do to prevent more of them from forming.
There are several different reasons that those annoying little spots may have appeared on your teeth in the first place, so it is important to determine precisely which condition caused the spots to develop.
Dental fluorosis is a condition that develops during childhood. Some people simply ingest far too much fluoride during their youth, which in turn alters the enamel encasing their adult teeth. Aside from the discolored spots on the surfaces of their teeth, this condition is almost always asymptomatic.
Another condition that causes these spots to develop is enamel hypoplasia. This condition also develops during childhood and only impacts developing teeth. Regrettably, enamel hypoplasia also increases your odds of getting cavities as you get older.
If your teeth are starting to develop little white spots, however, the most likely reason is something over which you have complete control over–your oral hygiene. Tooth spots are particularly common among those who consume an excessive amount of acidic or sugary foods and fail to take proper care of their teeth. This is especially true for people who have braces.
Due to the fact that these white spots most often develop during the formative years, it is essential that you teach your child good dental hygiene and encourage them to stick to a routine. Make certain they use an appropriate amount of a toothpaste that adheres to the American Dental Association’s fluoride recommendations.
Restricting your consumption of acidic and/or sugary foods and beverages can also help new spots from forming.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding your oral health, common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.