When people notice spots of their teeth turning unnaturally white, they may think they have a cosmetic problem to talk to the dentist about. But at All CoastDental in Pacific Beach, we want our patients to know that what they actually have is an incipient infection, and they need to take it seriously.
As tooth enamel is chemically eroded, it takes on a glazed appearance. This can be seen in people suffering from chronic acid reflux, which erodes enamel on the back teeth. It also happens when bacteria secrete acid as a by-product of metabolizing the sugar they find stuck to teeth. Whitening is the first stage of a dental infection, but if it isn’t stopped, it will continue until a cavity forms.
White spot lesions only take about thirty days to form. They mostly do so in places which are hard to brush, such as near the gum line or around orthodontic brackets. At All Coast Dental, we provide Clear Correct Aligners, which patients can remove in order to brush their teeth normally. If a dental infection does begin, we can help stop it and cover up the damage, if necessary.
Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.