Dentist:  Question:

I have white dots on my two front teeth. I have been told they are caused by lack of calcium. I am wondering what is the cause and how are they best removed? Would teeth whitening help to reduce them?

Answer:

It is difficult without seeing your teeth and knowing your full medical and dental history to know exactly what the problem is. However, generally white spots like this are caused by minor defects when enamel is being formed. There are a number of possible causes but a common one is a side effect of fluoride. Fluoride in water and toothpaste makes teeth stronger and more resistant to dental decay. A side effect of this process is called dental fluorosis. It can appear as white spots on the teeth which are harmless and usually not visible to an untrained observer.

If the spots are more visible and a cause for concern from a cosmetic viewpoint they can be removed by small abrasive discs and the surface can be repolished. Teeth whitening is not a recommended method for removing defects like this. Talk to your dentist and ask for advice about removing the white spots.


Dr. Gerard Gavin, Vhi DeCare Dental

Remember your dental health is important for your overall health. Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet, Brush and Floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

10th February 2009