There are several possible causes for white spots on teeth, including dental fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, poor dental hygiene, and eating too many acidic or sugary foods.
Although people may see white spots on their teeth as undesirable, they rarely need to be a serious cause for concern from a medical point of view.
What are the causes
There are several possible causes of white spots on the teeth.
A common cause is dental fluorosis.
People usually get this when they are young if they consumed too much fluoride as a child. It is usually a harmless condition that only tends to develop before the teeth break through the gums.
Another common cause is enamel hypoplasia.
This condition occurs when a person’s teeth enamel does not form properly. Like fluorosis, hypoplasia only occurs during childhood when a person’s teeth are still developing. However, it can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Other causes of white spots on the teeth include poor dental hygiene, especially when someone is wearing braces, or eating too many acidic or sugary foods.
There are several possible treatments for white spots on the teeth. The suitability of these treatments may depend on the underlying cause of the white spots and the condition of a person’s teeth.
Teeth whitening or bleaching
Dental Hygiene Tips
Using fluoride-free water
Using the right amount of toothpaste
Reducing sugary and acidic foods and drinks
Anyone concerned about their dental health, or that of their child, should talk to a dentist.