Clients in Virginia Beach often have questions about the causes of white marks on the tooth. This white spot is actually decalcification. The American Association of Orthodontists defines decalcification as:
A white mark on a tooth – known as decalcification – is the very beginning of a cavity. Prompted by a build-up of plaque, calcium and other minerals leach out tooth enamel and leave a permanent white mark behind. It can progress to a full-blown cavity if plaque keeps collecting.
Since Plaque is the result of a buildup of bacteria, this can happen with or without an orthodontic treatment. To combat this, proper mouth hygiene is important to prevent plaque and the resulting tooth decalcification.
The AAO recommends the following good dental hygiene methods:
Brush as often as recommended by your orthodontist, including after each meal or snack whether at school, work or home
Floss at least once a day
Avoid or limit acidic foods and drinks (soda, flavored waters with carbonation, sweet tea, sports drinks etc.) for the duration of your treatment
See your family dentist at least every four to six months for a check-up or more often if it’s recommended
Read more about orthodontic treatment and decalcification HERE.