At Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of oral health care. That means helping you prevent issues before they start, such as white spots on teeth. While white spots on teeth tend to be an aesthetic concern, they’re actually linked to the early signs of tooth decay.
One of the main culprits of white spots on teeth is a condition called demineralization, which is the earliest stage of cavity formation. This process occurs when the mineral content in the tooth enamel begins to break down, resulting in white or chalky spots. Demineralization can be caused by a variety of factors, including consuming too many acidic foods or drinks, or poor oral hygiene habits such as skipping over parts of your mouth whenever you’re brushing your teeth. Like right along the gumlines or around your orthodontic brackets. Investing in a special brush to clean under your orthodontic wires and between your brackets is extremely helpful.
In order to prevent demineralization and white spots on teeth, it’s essential to brush thoroughly and properly. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing regularly, using a fluoride toothpaste, and visiting our office for professional cleanings and check-ups. Don’t forget to brush along the edges of your gums and around orthodontic appliances, where plaque tends to be the heaviest.
The good news is that enamel demineralization can be stopped before a physical cavity develops inside your tooth. But your oral hygiene habits and adding fluoride to your home care routine are crucial!
Contact us today to schedule your next appointment and keep your smile shining bright!