White Spot Lesions

White Spot Lesions
Posted on 02/24/2020

At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics for Kids, our mission is to help children throughout Glenview and the greater Chicago, IL area achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through comprehensive pediatric dental and orthodontic care. While we focus on prevention, we treat a wide range of problems at our office, and one of the most common is white spot lesions. If you've ever seen opaque white areas or spots on your or your child's teeth, they're likely white spot lesions – and we can help treat them.

What to Do About White Spots on Teeth

If you've ever seen tiny white spots on your or your child's teeth and wondered what to do about them, you're not alone. Chances are, they're white spot lesions: discolored areas on the teeth caused by the demineralization, also called decalcification, of dental enamel. Demineralization is a process in which the teeth lose vital minerals like fluoride, phosphorous, and calcium due to leaching caused by acids secreted by bacteria in the mouth. While the white spots aren't particularly dangerous in themselves, the demineralization process weakens the tooth enamel, making it even more susceptible to bacteria and cavities.

So, what can you do about white spots on your teeth? As with most aspects of dental health, the best option is always prevention: a diligent oral hygiene regimen, healthy diet, and regular visits to your Chicago kids dentist are the best way to keep these white spots from popping up. But if you do notice white spot lesions on your teeth, we can help. We can use treatments like microabrasion, teeth whitening, and fluoride treatment to eliminate white spot lesions and return your smile to its normal, healthy state.

Contact Your Glenview, IL Pediatric Dentist

White spot lesions can be an eyesore, but thankfully, they're a relatively minor problem that's easy to treat. Have more questions about white spot lesions or your dental health in general? Reach out to us at our contact page today to learn more about how you can take care of your smile or to schedule an appointment at our Glenview office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!