Do you have white spots on the middle of your teeth after braces treatment? Are you seeing white spots on your teeth, even without orthodontic treatment? Chances are, you have spots of demineralization on your teeth. Demineralization is a process that occurs when the minerals in your teeth wear away. During the first stage of tooth demineralization, white spots on teeth indicate areas where the tooth has lost minerals. Bacterial buildup creates these white spots made of decalcified material. Demineralization often occurs due to tooth decay, eventually breaking down the tooth enamel. We want our patients to know how to prevent demineralization and be educated on how we can treat white spots in our Arlington Heights, IL, dental office.
Treat Demineralization in Arlington Heights, IL
Poor oral health, acidic foods and beverages, and tooth damage can lead to white spots. There are several ways to address demineralization, according to your level of tooth damage:
This common and naturally-occurring mineral can strengthen the tooth enamel. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and drinking water that contains fluoride helps protect teeth against problems like dental cavities. Fluoride helps remineralize the tooth enamel. Flossing between teeth before brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help remineralize the sides of teeth where food debris collects.
We may need to help preserve a demineralized tooth with a dental filling. If white spots persist and holes or cavities begin to appear in the enamel, we can save the tooth with a filling. We clean out a cavity and remove the infection of the tooth, then we seal the tooth with a filling. Traditional fillings made of metal contain mercury. Alternatively, modern dental fillings use tooth-colored materials that blend in with the smile.
Get a Professional Dental Cleaning
One of the best ways to treat demineralization and white spots is to visit the dentist for a professional cleaning every six months. Our dental hygienists use stainless steel dental tools to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. During routine examinations, we can see which teeth are affected by demineralization and plan the appropriate treatment.
We can also provide fluoride treatments that use gels or varnishes with high concentrations of fluoride. These treatments help remineralize teeth and rebuild the tooth enamel.
Avoid acidic or sugary foods and drinks as you build back your natural tooth structure. Remember to take your vitamins, especially calcium and phosphate, as they help the body absorb fluoride. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Brent Engelberg online or call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703.