Question: I have white spots on my teeth, and I notice that in the morning, these spots are MUCH whiter than they are throughout the day. Why is this?
White spots on teeth are common – they are essentially defects in the enamel mineralization. White spots can occur during tooth development thanks to a blunt tooth micro-trauma (maybe you were hit in the mouth during a game of frisbee) that effects tooth development. White spots can also be precursors to cavities as the pH level in your mouth drops and effects the chemistry in your mouth, and therefore of your tooth enamel.
When you are sleeping teeth become desiccated, or, dried out. When the water content in the tooth is low and teeth are dry, the white spots will be more apparent as they are close to the surface of the tooth. Think of it like looking at dry paint vs. wet paint. When you look at dry paint, you can see more inconsistencies than when the paint is wet.
As your teeth rapidly rehydrate during your waking hours, the white spots will fade slightly and become less obvious.
If you have visible white spots and want to determine the possible causes of them and discuss having them removed, contact DentaLux today to schedule your appointment with one of Philadelphia’s favorite dentists!