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Why Do I Have White Spots On My Teeth?

December 18, 2023 | Blog

The Importance Of Professional Dental Checkups

Proper dental hygiene should be practiced every day so that you can have bright and beautifully healthy teeth. When there’s a lack of oral healthcare, white blotches or spots can start appearing on your teeth. These white spots or blotches are usually caused by calcium deposits. While these are common even with daily care, the spots could be a sign of decay.

Read below to learn what causes these spots and how to prevent calcium deposits! When you’re ready to schedule your next dental cleaning in the Gulfport area, Gulf Coast Dental is ready to care for your teeth!

What Causes Calcium Deposits?

Calcium is a mineral in the body stored in teeth and bones. This mineral helps strengthen the enamel — is the outer layer of each tooth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects your teeth from decay, temperature sensitivity and possible erosion. When bacteria builds up on the enamel it can create calcium deposits and could make your teeth more prone to decay.

Enamel Erosion Through Poor Diet

If you eat highly acidic foods often or drink highly acidic drinks, your enamel can erode over time. A diet high in sugar can also lead to enamel erosion due to acidic plaque buildup. Maintaining a healthy diet and practicing a daily oral care routine can help prevent damage to the outer layer of your teeth and avoid those white spots.

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Inadequate brushing and flossing can result in the accumulation of plaque, which may cause white spots. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. The acids produced by this bacteria can leach minerals from your enamel. This weakens the enamel and can create white spots on your teeth. If caught early, it’s possible to remineralize the enamel and reverse the damage through improved oral hygiene practices and the use of fluoride.

Handling White Spots On Teeth

Poor oral hygiene, a high-sugar diet, acidic foods and drinks and certain medical conditions can contribute to the development of white spots on your teeth. It’s crucial to address these issues early to prevent further enamel damage and maintain optimal oral health.

In general, our dental team recommends scheduling a dental cleaning every six months — that’s only twice a year. If you notice white spots forming, reach out to our team to consult with a dentist or to schedule your examination.

Maintain Your Oral Health

The best and easiest way to prevent calcium deposits and protect your teeth is by maintaining your oral health. Brushing your teeth twice a day or after meals and flossing at least once a day will help keep your teeth from forming white spots. Keep your teeth clean and healthy by improving your dental routine.

Schedule Cleanings With Gulf Coast Dental

Going to your regular cleaning appointments every six months will also help keep your teeth healthy. Visits to the dentist will help you understand more about your oral health and what needs to be done if you have any issues. These regular appointments can also help detect issues like cavities, infections and more early on.

Do you remember when you last went to the dentist? Make an appointment with Gulf Coast Dental today to schedule your next dental cleaning!

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