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Changing Your Spots: White Areas on Teeth | Dentist in Topeka KS

Topeka, Kansas Dentist

White spots on your teeth can be bothersome and impact your confidence in your smile. However, the good news is that they’re preventable and usually not a cause for worry. Here’s what you should know about the causes of white spots, how to prevent them, and the available treatment options.

What Causes White Spots on Teeth?

  1. Dental Fluorosis – This occurs when a child consumes or is exposed to excessive fluoride during tooth development. While it’s harmless, it can lead to white spots before teeth even emerge. In the US, the most common cause of fluorosis is excessive use or ingestion of toothpaste.
  2. Poor Dental Hygiene – Neglecting regular brushing can contribute to the development of white spots.
  3. Braces – Wearing braces for an extended period can affect tooth coloration and create white spots.
  4. Acidic or Sugary Foods – These foods can damage teeth and alter enamel color. Rinsing your mouth after consuming them can help counteract these effects.

How Can I Prevent White Spots from Appearing?

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is crucial for preventing white spots on teeth. Ensure your child uses the correct amount of toothpaste – children under 3 should use a rice grain-sized smear, and those over 3 should use no more than a pea-sized amount. Supervise your child to prevent accidental swallowing of toothpaste.

What Are the Treatment Options?

If you’re already dealing with white spots, several treatment options are available:

  • Whitening or Bleaching – These procedures can help make tooth color more uniform.
  • Dental Veneers – Veneers can restore the appearance of your teeth, addressing not only white spots but other cosmetic concerns as well.
  • Topical Fluoride or Enamel Microabrasion – These treatments can be applied directly to the white spots to improve their appearance.

At Heath Family Dentistry, our Dentists in Topeka, KS, will recommend the best solution for treating white spots on your teeth. Contact our office for a consultation today and regain confidence in your smile.


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Dentist in Topeka, KS

Topeka KS Dentist

Dentist in Topeka
2714 NW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, Kansas 66617

(785) 234-5410