Sometimes little white spots or streaks appear on baby teeth. Usually, they are not very noticeable and not a cause for alarm. There are a few reasons why these blemishes might have appeared.
This condition is caused by too much fluoride. It is NOT a disease and is not a cause for alarm, however. According to the American Dental Association, the type of fluorosis prevalent among people in the United States usually makes teeth more resistant to decay. It develops while the teeth are still forming. Once permanent teeth erupt, the risk drops. Still, it’s important to be sure your child doesn’t get too much of a good thing. Use just the right amount of toothpaste — about the size of a pea. Remind your child to spit instead of swallow when they finish brushing. Avoid fluoride rinses and tablets unless prescribed by your dentist. Public water systems monitor the amount of fluoride in the water but if you use well water, be sure to have it tested yearly. If your fluoride levels exceed 2 parts per million, then let us know.
Sometimes white spots have nothing to do with fluoride but are an early sign of tooth decay. This is particularly the case if the spots are chalky colored and noticeable along the gum line. Mineral loss in the tooth’s enamel causes the spots, which will turn darker if not treated. This type of decay is reversible when it is caught early, so call our San Antonio office to schedule an appointment at the first sign of discoloration.
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Not sure if that white spot is fluorosis or possibly tooth decay? That’s why we are here. Any time you have concerns about your child’s oral health, give us a call. Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry was designed with children in mind. Our goal is not only to strengthen your child’s oral health but also to make them look forward to visiting Dr. Wilkerson and our San Antonio team. Regular checkups and professional cleanings will keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy and allow us to catch potential problems early on. Contact us to schedule your child’s next exam.