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what causes white spots on teeth?

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Dr. Saleh Elahwal
34 years experience Endodontics
White spots on teeth: White spots on teeth could result from excessive Fluoride intake, nutrition and genetics among many other reasons. These white spots represent areas of decalcified enamel. They could lead to deterioration of teeth especially if they are resulted from placing braces on teeth for a long time during the orthodontic treatment.
Answered on May 6, 2016
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Dr. Jon Molinare
31 years experience Dentistry
White spots on teeth: White spots on teeth are usually areas of the enamel that are hypo-calcification, or less calcified then the surrounding tooth structure. This may have happened when the tooth was forming or on the external enamel surface. External hypo-calcification from retention plaque bacteria around the gums, or even from improperly cleaning orthodontic brackets. It can be fixed with composite fillings.
Answered on Mar 2, 2013

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