Maintain Good Oral Hygiene To Prevent Hypocalcification
You may be familiar with hypocalcification because it has affected you, or it has affected someone else’s teeth and you wondered what is was exactly. The white spots that form on teeth are usually a loss of mineral content that is present in the enamel, or on the surface of the tooth. The white spots that result from the calcium loss are called hypoplasia.
Besides hypocalcification being aesthetically displeasing and a cosmetic concern for people, it can actually result in the deterioration of the tooth.
There are several causes that can lead to the white spots. If you notice them appearing you should have your dentist examine your teeth right away. Here are a few of the major causes of hypoplasia.
What Causes White Spots on your Teeth?
Dry mouth − When you have a dry mouth, there isn’t enough saliva to keep the pH level near neutral. Bacterias that produce acid will thrive in your mouth and attack your teeth.
Dry mouth can be caused by an abundance of things such as prescription drugs, tobacco use and breathing through your mouth are some causes. If you think you have dry mouth, drink lots of water to keep hydrated, chew Xylitol mints to stimulate saliva and use a mouth wash that is formulated for dryness.
Acidic foods and drinks − When overly consumed, acidic food and drinks can cause these white spots. Examples of high acidic drinks include sodas, vitamin water, sports drinks like Gatorade, lemonade etc.
These have a high acidic content that can eat away at your teeth’s natural minerals and enamel. Eating sticky candies and sweets that hang around in your mouth for a long time, such as lollipops or cough drops, can also result in white spots.
Acid reflux − When you suffer from acid reflux, your mouth experiences a higher than normal level of acidity, and this acidity can damage your teeth resulting in those pesky white spots.
Plaque buildup − When you do not take care of your teeth properly, you may have plaque buildup. Plaque is that slimy, sticky film of bacteria and debris that forms primarily on your teeth after the consumption of starch and sugar. The bacteria feeds on the sugars and produces acid which wears at your teeth. This results in decalcification and cavities.
Fluorosis − If your fluoride consumption is excessive, especially during teeth development this can result in white spot development. Water can contain a high fluoride level, depending on where you live, but so can some toothpaste and juice.