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Your Cosmetic Dentist Offers Tips to Treat White Spots on Your Teeth

March 4th, 2021

Have you noticed that your smile is tainted by white spots on your teeth? Are you wondering whether they can affect your health? They may cause you to become self-conscious when you grin or strike up conversations with new people. Even though they’re unappealing, they’re typically nothing to be concerned about. Learn about what causes these small white spots, and how you can prevent them from your cosmetic dentist. Read on to know how you can get a smile you’re proud to show off with these 3 treatment options. 

What are the Common Causes of White Spots?

While there are several common reasons for white spots to appear on your teeth, the main one is dental fluorosis. This begins to appear at an early age if you’ve consumed too much fluoride as a child. It’s mostly harmless and develops before your teeth grow in.

The other common cause is enamel hypoplasia. This problem occurs at a younger age when teeth are still developing when your enamel doesn’t properly form. While this isn’t particularly harmful, it does make you more susceptible to tooth decay.

What are Treatment Options to Get Rid of White Spots?

There are a few possible treatments that your dentist may suggest in order to get rid of white spots. Depending on the cause, these are 3 common options:

  • Teeth whitening in Hamilton can help make the white spots less noticeable and get rid of any other stains on your teeth. Professional whitening uses strong bleaching solutions and is typically faster and safer than most over-the-counter products. You’ll also be able to get the results you desire.
  • Porcelain veneers are shells that are bonded to the surface of your natural teeth that can cover any spots, cracks, chips, or stains. They’re custom-crafted to seamlessly fit into your smile.
  • Direct bonding is a tooth-colored composite resin that can be used to cover lighter white spots by applying a layer to the front of the tooth.

Visiting your dentist and asking any questions you may have can give you peace of mind when it comes to making your decision. You may also ask your dentist about applying a topical fluoride solution to encourage enamel development and protect your teeth from decay.

How Can You Prevent White Spots?

Keeping up with your oral hygiene routine is a great way to tackle white spots, stains, tooth decay, and various other dental problems. Because white spots mostly develop at a young age, to prevent them, it’s important to monitor a child’s fluoride consumption and do the following:

  • Drink fluoride-free water
  • Test well water for fluoride levels
  • Reduce consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Regularly visit a dentist

When you visit your dentist, they can investigate your mouth and the condition of your teeth as well as suggest any necessary treatment options. For a smile that you can be confident in, discuss possible procedures and how they could benefit you with your dental professional. Scheduling a consultation allows you a chance to ask any questions you may have and evaluate your options.

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington has been caring for Hamilton smiles for over 8 years. He focuses on providing the highest quality of care to each of his patients by keeping up with the most advanced dental treatments. He enjoys creating a comfortable environment where his patients can learn about their oral health. For any questions or to schedule a consultation for cosmetic services, visit Hamilton Family Dentistry’s website or contact 706-628-0011.

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  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.