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Protecting Teeth from White Spots

Have you seen polka-dotted teeth in your office?  White spots (otherwise known as Caries Lesions or Hypocalcification) on teeth can result from a variety of causes.  Most white spots are formed during the development of the tooth while in the jaw.  If the tooth is disturbed, or a change in the body causes the enamel formation to be atypical, white spots will occur however they are usually a sign of enamel breakdown and decalcification.  Caries lesions are also common during orthodontic treatment and usually form around the bracket interface near the gingival margin.  If plaque and bacteria builds up, such as streptococci and lactobacilli, they create an acidic environment around braces and over time enamel breakdown can occur...

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