Enamel Hypocalcification (a.k.a. Calcium deposits, streaks, spots, etc) is a defect of tooth enamel in which normal amounts of enamel are produced but are hypomineralized. In this defect the enamel is softer than normal.
Calcium deposits, streaks, spots, etc are the areas of your tooth that contain hypo-calcified enamel. They are generally whiter in color so will generally appear to whiten faster than the rest of the tooth anatomy but will then fade within a few days as the teeth rehydrate.
The calcium spots on your teeth weren’t caused by the whitening process. In fact, they were there before your teeth were whitened, but were not as noticeable.
What Causes Calcium Deposits
The deposition of calcium starts in the developmental stage of the teeth. Some sort of trouble while the teeth are developing may lead to deposition of excess calcium on the teeth enamel.
In the early stage, the teeth enamel absorbs more of calcium that gives rise to white patches on teeth. Calcium deposits on teeth may appear unsightly especially when they are on front portion of the teeth.
The deposits are deep seated in case when the dentine is defective. Dentine is the inner portion of the teeth which gives the color to the teeth.
There are people who consider lack of dietary calcium and vitamins as a cause for deposition of excess of calcium on the teeth.
However dietary intake of calcium does not have a great influence in its deposition on the teeth. The other reason for formation of calcium deposits on the teeth is continuous deposition of minerals from the saliva to the already formed plaque on the surface of the teeth.
Normally if the calcium deposits on teeth are superficial their removal with home remedies is not very difficult. But the best way is to prevent the formation of calcium deposits in first place. If you follow a good dental hygiene, it is possible to prevent calcium deposits on them. Brush your teeth at least two times in a day. Regularly floss the teeth, at least three times in a week is enough. Brush your teeth in a proper manner.
The reason behind brushing the teeth is to keep them smooth so that the minerals from the saliva may not get stuck on the teeth. Once calcium deposits appear on the teeth, it may take herculean task to remove them on your own. Here are some of the ways that can be undertaken to remove the calcium deposits.
How To Remove Calcium Deposits On My Teeth?
Dentist opinion: it is important to discuss with your dentist the reason for development of calcium deposits on the teeth. A profession help is always helpful in reducing the chance of worsening the problem.
Natural tooth paste: brushing the teeth with baking soda helps to remove the white spots. Its effect is enhanced when baking soda is mixed with hydrogen peroxide solution. You can prepare a paste by mixing them together. Brush your teeth with this paste regularly. Using this method over a period of time may help in removing the white spots of calcium on the teeth. The positive result may be appreciable after some time.
Fluoride: many time lack of fluoride in teeth is responsible for deposition of calcium on teeth. Brushing your teeth with fluoride paste is effective. Fluoride treatment given by a dentist is also an effective way to diminish the calcium deposits. It may be useful for deep seated deposits where home care measure may not be that appealing.
An electric tooth brush seems to be worthwhile, compared to brushing the teeth with ordinary tooth brush.
Cosmetic procedure: Tooth veneers are a cosmetic procedure used when the deposits have covered maximum portion of teeth. A thin material is used to restore the original color of the teeth. It also protects the teeth from damage.
*The information provided in this article is not meant to be dental advice of any kind and was composed from research of information provided on the world wide web. Always consult your dentist for dental advice.