White Spots on Teeth?

Get rid of those pesky white spots for good!

What are these white spots on my teeth?

Have you noticed white spots on one or more of your teeth? These white spots vary in size and shape and may be the result of dental fluorosis, enamel hypoplasia, poor dental hygiene, or the foods you eat. Though white spots don’t typically pose a serious health concern, they can lead to cavities or make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile. That’s no good.

At TLC Escondido Dental, we can help you remove white spots and restore the health of and confidence in your smile. If you’re worried about white spots, schedule an appointment today. Our dentists are here to help.

Different types of white spot on teeth

  • Demineralization — Also called decalcification, demineralization occurs when bacteria is allowed to build up on your teeth. Left to sit too long, this bacteria will attack your enamel. This will cause white (and sometimes brown) spots on the teeth and can lead to cavities, so it’s important to have these spots examined by your dentist!
  • Enamel Hypoplasia — Enamel hypoplasia typically first occurs during childhood. Enamel hypoplasia is typically caused by nutrition deficiencies, high fevers, or being born prematurely. These types of white spots can also be the result of certain medications or even trauma to your teeth.
  • Fluorosis — Especially common in children (or adults who never addressed the issue as a child), fluorosis occurs as a result of excess fluoride exposure. Although fluoride is necessary to strengthen your teeth, too much of it can cause small white (and sometimes yellow and brown) spots.

What causes white spots on teeth?

Poor Oral Hygiene

Plaque accumulation can cause white spots. That’s why it’s so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day. You should also keep up on your regular hygiene appointments to ensure your smile is clean and healthy.

Diet

Consuming too many acidic or sugary foods and beverages can take a toll, leading to the demineralization of your teeth. You may also be suffering from a nutritional deficiency (such as celiac disease) that causes mineral loss in the tooth.

Fluoride

If you consumed too many fluoridated beverages or swallowed fluoride toothpaste as a child, you may notice some white spots. Too much fluoride consumption can also cause pitted enamel, making it harder to brush and keep your teeth clean.

Medical Conditions

Having a high fever as a baby, taking certain medications, or other health conditions (like acid reflux) can all cause white spots on your teeth.

Metal Braces

White spots often appear on teeth after removing braces. This is caused by a build of plaque deposits on or around where your bracket used to sit. If you have branches, make sure you’re careful to brush between your brackets to avoid this demineralization.

Open Mouth Sleeping

Some people notice white spots on their teeth in the morning that disappear after a few hours. The cause of this white spot is typically dehydration of the enamel surface of your teeth. Once saliva hits your teeth, the white spots should disappear.

How to get rid of white spots on your teeth

Teeth Whitening

We offer a variety of teeth whitening options to meet your individual needs. From in-office whitening treatments to take home trays and professional whitening strips. 

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells that attach to the front of your tooth, restoring its natural color. This is a highly customizable treatment with beautiful results.

Dental Cleanings

Unless we’ve told you otherwise, we’d like to see you every 6 months for a routine dental cleaning. This will help you avoid calcium deposits and is a good way to help get rid of those white spots, too.

Fillings

If your white spots are due to demineralization and you’ve developed a cavity, a white filling may be the best answer. Your filling will be made from a high-quality composite material for a natural-looking, durable result.

Hear from our patients

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Karin R.

My husband Gary recently had a new crown made at TLC Dental using a state of the art machine called Cerec. The entire procedure was completed in just a few hours start to finish and the crown is absolutely beautiful! One visit that was it! I can’t tell you how grateful he was to miss only a few hours of work to have this procedure done in 1 visit!  As my husband always tells me they are the best dentist we have ever had. So lucky to call them ours! Thank you TLC!

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Gerald E.

Excellent customer service!
From the front desk staff to the assistants!
You’ll be pleased!

tlc escondido new white spots patients

Keep your teeth looking fabulous for a lifetime. 

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950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
Escondido, CA 92025
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