There are many factors that can lead to the formation of white spots on one’s teeth. Some white spots may the result of enamel hypoplasia, a condition where the enamel is thin or weak. In other instances, the white spots may be caused by fluorosis, a condition that results from exposure to excessive levels of fluoride in food or drink.
Sometimes, the white spots are hereditary as is the case with the group of dental disorders known as amelogenesis imperfecta. With this in mind, the technique you employ to get rid of the white spots will depend on the original cause of the spots. That being said, certain techniques can be used irrespective of the source of the white spots.
Dental hygiene must be part of any program to get rid of the white spots. Remember that the white spots may be a sign of decalcification or early tooth decay. The recommended dental cleaning routine is brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and using antibacterial mouthwash weekly. By consistently following such a dental hygiene routine, you can curb the spread of white spots even as you engage other methods to get rid the ones that have already formed.
Get in touch with your dentist. The only way you can tell the underlying cause of the white spots is by getting an expert opinion. If you opt to self-diagnose and embark on a technique that is inconsistent with the underlying cause, you stand the risk of exacerbating the spots.
Tooth whitening strips have grown in popularity. On the surface, they may look like the perfect solution – they are relatively affordable, available over the counter and are easy to use. But whereas whitening strips may provide some degree of success in in removing white spots they do not always work. And if the spots were initially caused by deteriorating enamel, whitening strips would only weaken the enamel further and bring to prominence miniscule spots that were previously invisible.
If your dentist is agreeable, microabrasion is among the most effective techniques for removing white spots especially. A microabrasion procedure is followed by bleaching to ensure an even colour across the problem tooth’s surface.
Fluoride treatment can also be used to remove white spots. But this should not be an option if the original cause of the white spots is fluorosis.