White Spots on Teeth?
White spots on teeth problems? What are they? And, are they an indication of something wrong?
If you turn you head to laugh, or do everything you can to keep your teeth hidden behind a wall of lips, you’re probably looking for any advice you can find to fix that smile of yours.
So, let’s look into the causes of white spots on teeth, and the various methods that can restore that confidence and open that smile back up.
First let’s list some of the causes:
- Dental fluorosis
- Removed braces
- Enamel hypoplasia
- Whitening Strips Misuse
- Celiac disease
- Acidic foods and drinks
- Acid reflux
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Dry Mouth
- Insufficient Oral Hygiene
Perhaps you are drawn to foods that are high in acidity.
Maybe you don’t even know that you like foods that are more acidic. If this is the case, one way to combat white spots on teeth is to find some alkaline based foods that you like and can add to your diet in enough quantities to balance you otherwise acidic preferences in food.
Here are some favorite alkaline foods (a big thanks to the folks at Rense from some of the list below) to choose from, and some ways to eat them in a way that might be more enjoyable:
- Beets (ok, don’t know how to make these and better)
- Broccoli (steamed with garlic)
- Cauliflower (oven baked until slightly crispy)
- Celery (I just love it by itself when fresh)
- Cucumber (love on top of a salad slice a little thick)
- Kale (not my fancy, but a “super food”; oven baked helps)
- Lettuce (BLT? is one of my favorite ways to enjoy)
- Onions (grilled, baked, fried, steams, I love them just about any way)
- Peas (I’m full from the list above, so skipping these)
- Peppers (in a sandwich; stuffed; on pizza)
- Spinach (pan fried using olive oil and garlic; fry until the garlic is almost crispy; DEVINE)
- Apple (keeping the doctor away)
- Banana (smoothies are great; or freeze them after dipping in chocolate)
- Berries (yogurt or smoothies)
- Cantaloupe (my wife used to eat them after topping with pepper)
- Grapes (good; just make sure not treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Melon (great on a hot summer day)
- Lemon (make lemonade)
- Orange (fresh squeezed in the morning is my favorite)
- Peach (in homemade ice cream tastes rockin’)
- Pear (wait for that perfect amount of ripeness is mouthwatering goodness)
- Watermelon (refrigerate until almost frozen is amazing on a hot day)
Here are some acidic favorites you might not know are possibly hurting you. See if you consume a lot of one more of these:
- Chocolate (ok, you can’t completely eliminate this one)
- Peanut (why?, why?, why?; I don’t want to give this up!)
- Whole milk
- Butter (come on now…)
- Processed grains or baked foods (white bread, white rice, pasta, biscuits, bagels, doughnuts, pastries and crackers)
- Cream cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream
- Hard cheese
So, eliminate all of these.
Ok, not a realistic goal…
But, what you can do is try to balance the items that are SOOOO good on the acidic list with more alkaline foods (many also being very good).
Here are a couple of links to web sites that provide recipes to help keep proper balance:
Too Much Fluoride
One of the causes of white spots on teeth has to do with the effects of fluoride.
While this is not unheard of to occur in adults, dental fluorosis typically occurs during the formative years as your teeth are growing.
The source of dental fluorosis is consuming too much fluoride during the period of time when your teeth are forming.
The riskiest exposure age for this issue is between just under 2 years, to the mid to late 3rd year. But, there is also risk from ages 1 to 4 years.
Sources of fluoride (thanks to the folks at the CDC) are:
- City drinking water
- Some mouthwash products
- Some drinking products made with city water
- Grape products
- Dried fruit (if treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Dried beans (if treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Cocoa powder (if treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Walnuts (if treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Tea (if tea leaves treated with fluoride based pesticides)
- Carbon-fluorine based drugs
- Foods made from deboning procedures (some nuggets, chicken fingers, etc)
- Cooking with Teflon
So, watch closely what you put in front of your young children.
Check how the grapes you put on your childs tray are made.
Check how the chicken nuggets you feed you child are made.
Check your cities documented amount of fluoride added to you city drinking water.
Then, make the informed decision to avoid those fluoride packed consumption items during those formative years.
Ok, I’m not Four Year Old Anymore. What now?
We’ve already discussed some food advice if the problem is an acidic diet.
But, my parents didn’t have Google, so they pumped me full of fluoride when I was young. After all, fluoride fights cavities. So, what could go wrong.
Well, 20 years later, something went wrong. I have wonderful white teeth. But, only in spots on my teeth. Not the uniform whiteness that I want. What are my options? Here are some:
With white spots on your teeth, we strongly recommend you see your dentist to make sure you are getting the appropriate treatment for the underlying reason the spots exist.
Hopefully, the information in this article can give you the proper ammunition you need to ask all the right questions when you see your dentist about white spots on teeth.
Several of the causes were genetic disorders.
For issues like that, follow the links provided above to find out more about if anything can be done to combat the disease. Or, at the very least battle the symptoms.
There is hope for some of these issues.
Some might require you to spend a little money. For example, veneers, can pretty much mask any issue you might have. But, they can also be expensive. But, see your dentist and have them check if your insurance can cover any of it. Especially if the underlying problem is based on genetics.