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Why Do Teeth Get White Spots on Them?


Posted on 6/25/2017 by Office Manager
An elderly woman receiving a treatment for the white spots on her teeth.
There are a few different causes of white spots on your teeth. The most common cause is plaque forming on your tooth, which would then need to be scraped off by your dentist at your next cleaning appointment.

However, that is not the only thing that could be causing you to get little white spots on your teeth.

If you recently started noticing these on your teeth, then you may want to give your dentist a call and see if you can go get a checkup.

White Spots on Teeth Aren't Typical


Most people don't typically get random white spots on their teeth. They do form when plaque hardens, but it isn't always white when this is the cause. One of the more common reasons that someone would get white spots on their teeth is due to getting too much fluoride, also known as hyperfluorosis.

If you are putting too much fluoride into your system, this is one of the first ways it becomes visible. You could be getting fluoride from your toothpaste, mouthwash, tap water, and even from treatments at your dentist's office.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, so if you are getting a little too much fluoride, make sure you ask your dentist what to do to bring your levels back down.

One of the least common causes of white spots on teeth is enamel hypoplasia, but that only shows up on newly formed teeth, so it is not commonly the cause most people would need to look at.

For more information about white spots that you may have show up on your teeth, contact our office today. They can pinpoint the cause, and help you figure out the best way of treating the spots you have.


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