Why Are There White Spots On My Child’s Teeth?
- Posted on 12/04/2017
It’s not unusual to notice white spots on your child’s teeth when snuggling or playing with him or her. While it’s not necessary to go into full panic mode if you see white spots on those little teeth, it is something to take seriously as they can be signs of problems. Below is some information to help you learn what causes those white spots and how you can get rid of them, compliments of your friendly Buckhead kids dentist.
White spots on teeth are often a sign there is tooth decay developing and especially if the spots are along the gum line and are a chalky, pale color. If the decay is not dealt with in a timely manner, those spots will eventually turn a brownish or yellowish color. The good news is at this early stage, the decay can be reversed.
The first course of action to take is to contact your Atlanta pediatric dentist for an appointment. During your child’s dental visit, any plaque on the teeth will be removed, the teeth will be cleaned, and your child may be given a fluoride treatment to help protect against future decay. Then it’s up to you to make sure your child isn’t going overboard with sugary or starchy foods and they are doing a great job of brushing & flossing.
Too Much Fluoride
When too much fluoride is consumed, faint, blotchy or streaky white spots can develop on primary teeth that are still developing in a process called fluorosis. If you’re told your child has fluorosis, you should make sure he or she doesn’t ingest too much fluoride in the future by:
- Not allowing your child to use mouthwash containing fluoride
- Keeping an eye on the amount of fluoridated water your child drinks
- Making sure your child is only using a pea-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste
- Reminding your child not to swallow toothpaste but to spit it out instead
Treatment Options for White Spots
When white spots form on primary teeth due to a buildup of plaque, the plaque is removed, the teeth are cleaned and fluoride treatment is often recommended. For white spots on permanent teeth, the treatment options include:
- Microabrasion: The removal of a thin layer of enamel which eliminates white spots.
- Bleaching: Professional teeth whitening will give the teeth a more balanced color.
- Veneers: This treatment option involves cementing wafer-thin pieces of porcelain on the surfaces of permanent teeth to cover imperfections like white spots.
Visit Our Kids Dentist in Atlanta
Whether white spots form from poor oral hygiene or too little or too much fluoride, they often form early enough for your child’s dentist to do something about them, which is why you should contact us right away at the first sign of white spots on your child’s teeth. We’ll examine and clean your child’s teeth and recommend the most appropriate course of action to take. Just give us a call at (404) 252-5900 or request an appointment online.