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Why do I have white spots on my teeth?

Having good oral health accompanied by a healthy smile is the desire of many people.

Why do I have white spots on my teeth

Indeed on many occasions, you have seen some people with white spots on their teeth, something ubiquitous. This occurs and symbolizes the loss of mineral content in the enamel. In addition, it usually indicates that certain areas are decalcified, but they appear for several reasons. Specifically, there are three reasons why white spots appear on the teeth:

Lack of minerals in the dental enamel.

White spots can appear due to hypoplasia, that is, lack of mineralization of the enamel during dentin formation, both in the milk teeth and in the permanent teeth. 


Excess fluoride accumulation in the enamel is another leading cause of the appearance of white spots on the teeth. It usually occurs in patients from countries with a shortage of water fluoridation control. If this is not administered correctly, this type of condition can arise.

Decalcification of the enamel

When we do not maintain good hygiene, what we call "decalcification" can be caries in its most primary and initial process. For this reason, professional dental cleaning is essential periodically to check and help maintain the oral health of our mouth.

Depending on the severity and depth of the white spots, there are different treatments to eliminate them. In general, whitening will not be the solution because it will only make these stains more visible. Still, medicines such as microabrasion and infiltration techniques can solve most cases.

Deep lesions can be corrected with composites (with which fillings are made) and/or dental veneers, which in addition to completely covering the stains, help restore the teeth' shape.

As with any condition, preventing the problem before it occurs is advisable. Knowing the origin and causes of the problem, having good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth every day after every meal, flossing, and having a balanced diet is a way to start preventing this from happening. Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and dental check-up every few years are also highly recommended.