If you have white spots on your teeth, you’ve probably wondered where they came from and what they mean. While white spots may be the result of fluorosis (ingesting too much fluoride) if they appear in children, if you’re an adult just beginning to notice white spots on your teeth, they may be a sign of calcification. Fortunately, this condition is usually preventable and even treatable if spotted early on.
Calcification occurs when plaque, a sticky biofilm that is composed of bacteria in your mouth, builds up and hardens on your teeth. Through a process called demineralization, plaque buildup breaks down the calcium in your tooth’s enamel. Not only does this weaken enamel, it also leaves behind white or yellowish spots on teeth. Without treatment, this can further damage enamel and even lead to cavities.
We know our patients at Chesterfield Dentistry want a bright, pearl-white smile they’re confident in, so we’re careful to educate our patients about calcification and our team is always on the lookout for warning signs. To ask us any other dental-related questions or schedule your next appointment, contact us today.