Q. Why do white spots appear on teeth?

Answered by Dr. Shwetha Hegde and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan

 

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Hi doctor,

I have two small white spots on the lower portion of my front tooth. Can it be removed by microabrasion? Is the procedure worth? Please guide.


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Dr. Shwetha Hegde
BDS., MDS IN ORAL MEDICINE AND RADIOLOGY., AUSTRALIAN DENTAL COUNCIL CERTIFICATION
Dentistry

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

There are several reasons for the white spots on your teeth.

Usually, white spots appear when the mineral content in the outer part of the teeth (enamel) is less. White spots could also occur due to high fluoride level in the drinking water or nutritional deficiency during teeth development and infections to name a few.

Are the white spots only on the front teeth? Or do you have them on other teeth as well?

Microabrasion certainly does not help whatever the cause of the white spots may be. It just makes the surface of the teeth rough and gives rise to other problems. You could consult your dentist and ask whether bleaching can be done. There are other options like placing a veneer on the surface of the teeth. However, a small part of the tooth surface needs to be abraded to place the veneer.

 
 
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