Decalcification and White Spot Lesions

Decalcification is the loss of mineral content in the enamel or other tooth structures. Often, it manifests initially as a white spot on the tooth and is the first sign of demineralisation or the beginning of the formation of a cavity.


Dental cavities can significantly affect your teeth and are more expensive than teeth white spot treatment. Therefore, when you notice decalcification early, you don’t have to wait. Prompt tooth decalcification treatment or decalcification of teeth from braces is a sure-fire way to prevent tooth cavities.

What is decalcification?

Decalcification, or the appearance of white spot lesions, occurs as a result of demineralisation and can be a sign of oncoming carious lesions or early tooth decay.  Demineralisation is the process through which minerals such as phosphorus and calcium are lost from the tooth structure due to acidic activity. This acidic activity is generally the result of bacterial action, but it can also result from the consumption of highly acidic foods or, in some cases, bulimia.

The multiplication and adhesion process of bacteria begins within seconds of brushing, and plaque formation begins. The bacteria in plaque can replicate in an oxygenated environment. Without proper oral hygiene care, the bacterial plaque thickens and inhibits saliva penetration, thus causing the calcium and ions of the portion of the tooth in contact to diffuse into the plaque,  forming tartar. As a result, white spots begin to appear.

Decalcification symptoms

Symptoms of decalcification or white spot lesions can include:

  • White spots or marks on the teeth.
  • A chalky, white appearance on the teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity

Treatment

Remember, all diseases are treatable if diagnosed early enough, so the key to tooth decalcification treatment is to prevent it from getting any worse, i,e opting for teeth white spot treatment whenever you notice white spot lesions on your teeth. Our Teledentistry.com dentists can virtually assess areas of your teeth on your smartphone to help identify decalcification early on and make recommendations for good oral hygiene, which can improve the aesthetic of the teeth in general and reduce the effects of demineralisation.

Commonly Asked Questions

It is the loss of mineral content in the enamel or other tooth structures. It is usually the first sign of demineralisation or the beginning of the formation of a cavity.
Demineralisation is the process through which minerals such as phosphorus and calcium are lost from the tooth structure due to acidic activity.
If unchecked, the white spots on your teeth could lead to dental cavities and ultimately damage or loss of the teeth.
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