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Understanding White Spots on Teeth: Insights from Your Westchester Dentist

Dentist in Westchester, IL

White spots on your teeth can detract from your smile and cause irritation. However, the good news is that they’re usually preventable and rarely a cause for concern. Here’s what you need to know about the causes of white spots, how to prevent them, and available treatment options if you already have them.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

  1. Dental Fluorosis: Excessive fluoride consumption during tooth development, often from overuse of fluoride toothpaste, can lead to dental fluorosis. While harmless, it can result in white spots on teeth.
  2. Poor Dental Hygiene: Inadequate brushing can leave plaque on teeth, leading to the formation of white spots.
  3. Braces: Prolonged wear of braces can affect tooth coloration and create white spots.
  4. Acidic or Sugary Foods: Consumption of these foods can damage tooth enamel and alter its color. Rinsing your mouth after consuming acidic or sugary items can help mitigate these effects.

How Can I Prevent Them?

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen is crucial for preventing white spots on teeth. Ensure your child uses the right amount of toothpaste – a smear the size of a rice grain for children under 3, and no more than a pea-sized amount for those over 3. Supervise your child’s brushing to prevent accidental swallowing of toothpaste.

What Are the Treatment Options?

If you’re already dealing with white spots, several treatment options are available. Whitening or bleaching can help even out tooth coloration. Dental veneers offer a comprehensive solution, enhancing the appearance of teeth beyond addressing white spots. Topical fluoride or enamel microabrasion may also effectively treat white spots.

Our dentist will recommend the best solution for treating white spots on your teeth. Contact our office at Midwest Dental Center in Westchester for a consultation today and take the first step toward a brighter, more confident smile.

Midwest Dental Center of Westchester
Phone: 708-447-8422
Url: https://www.ajsalernodds.com/
10535 West Cermak Rd
Westchester, IL 60154

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Dentist in Westchester, IL

10535 West Cermak Rd
Westchester, IL 60154

(708) 447-8422

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: By Appointment Only
Saturday: By Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed