Have you ever wondered where those small specks of white on your teeth come from? The official name is congenital enamel hypoplasia and is estimated to affect about 1 in every 14,000 people. These spots of discoloration called decalcification can cause a variety of dental issues, including unusually small teeth. Read on to learn where they come from and how you can get rid of these white spots on your teeth in Windermere.
What Causes White Spots on Teeth?
Spots of decalcification on teeth can have many causes. One common reason for them is dental fluorosis. This is a condition that occurs when too much fluoride is consumed as a child. Typically, it is harmless that develops before the teeth break through the gums. Other causes include:
- Calcium deficiency
- Dental trauma
- Celiac disease
They can also form on a child’s teeth from prenatal complications such as premature or low birth weight, maternal vitamin D deficiencies, weight gain, cerebral palsy caused by maternal or fetal infection, and drug or tobacco use. These issues can encourage and accelerate enamel hypoplasia, which ultimately thins the enamel on a child’s teeth, making them susceptible to infection and discoloration.
How Can They Be Removed?
With the help of your cosmetic dentist in Windermere, there are many ways to treat and remove decalcification spots from your teeth.
Teeth Whitening: The bleach your dentist will use to whiten your teeth will consist of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Both of these bleaches can break up the spots into smaller pieces, making them less noticeable while making your teeth whiter. Whitening in the dentist’s office is much more powerful than over-the-counter whitening agents, giving you much more dramatic results in a shorter period of time.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin, are custom-made shells of porcelain that your dentist will adhere to your teeth, correcting their color and shape. In addition to correcting stains, they also mask other imperfections like chips and cracks and fill in gaps.
Dental Bonding: Similar to the results of teeth whitening, a dental bonding treatment can treat the white spots on your teeth, but the process is a bit different. Using composite resin materials, this treatment can improve sensitivity issues while also providing a solution to dental staining or decay.
Congenital enamel hypoplasia is rarely a cause for concern. It can be managed by using fluoride-free water, avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks, regular checkups with your dentist and a proper dental care routine.
About the Practice
At Windermere Dentistry, Drs. Matthew McKissock and Rupal Thakkar offer every patient personalized attention and high-quality dental care in a comfortable atmosphere. Their levels of experience and training allow for a wide range of services including cosmetic treatments, restorative services and more. If you’re ready to resolve your enamel hypoplasia, contact the office at (407) 909-1099 or visit the website to schedule your appointment today!