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Those tiny white dots on your child’s teeth can indicate a big problem!

It’s time to take action.

White dots on teeth are usually not cause for alarm. White dots that are smooth and shiny can just be disturbances on a developing tooth. But sometimes white dots are warning signs that the tooth is starting to decay. If they are chalky white, it means the tooth has lost its luster; some minerals have been lost. All efforts should be focused on bringing back lost minerals to the teeth before cavities set in.

This is can be accomplished by:

  • Eating foods high in calcium and phosphate
  • Brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Visiting the dentist for regular cleanings and fluoride treatments
  • Implementing preventive strategies

It is important to be aggressive with preventive strategies to encourage the reversal of the impending tooth decay. Cut out sugar and sticky carbs, including fruit juice, soda, crackers and dried fruit – to name a few. If you do eat something sweet and sticky, be sure to rinse your mouth with water and brush, if you can.

If your child has developed white dots on his or her teeth, schedule an appointment right away. Dr. Dunne can evaluate your child’s teeth and determine if the dots are cause for alarm.

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