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    Hello Ladies,

    I've gotten so much wonderful advice on here I thought I would ask a question for my 8 year old son. He has large white spots on his teeth (they've been there since he's gotten his adult teeth). The dentist said they are caused by me having a fever when I was pregnant with him. I'm not so sure. Is there anything natural and non invasive that would fix this problem? I do oil pulling and brush with a bit of magnesium oil and have had incredible whitening from it but I don't know if that would help with the spots (or if I could get him to do that). Any ideas?

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I am truly grateful.

    Have a fabulous day!
    Satara







    Have a fabulous day!
    Satara

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    Satara,

    I've got no advice to offer, but just wanted to let you and your son know he is not alone.

    My son has those on his adult teeth too. He's now 13. The spots on his teeth are very bright compared to the tooth surface surrounding it. It actually seems like they're spots in his teeth---just under the surface. We're waiting for his braces to come off before we do anything.

    As far as something to help blend in the white spots, before he got his braces on we've tried Teresa's White Brite. It did a great job on brightening his teeth, but did not help at all in blending the two distinct areas. We did not try any other whiteners, but have tried toothpastes with whitening benefits.

    I know my son and know he won't ever try oil pulling or brushing with magnesiun oil. If you are able to get your son to try it, please share with us.

    If he's anything like my DS, then he's very self-conscious about his teeth. I pray he isn't and if he is, I pray that you find something that will work for him.

    Good luck to you both!
    Crystal







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    • #3
      I hope you get a good answer here. I've noticed that even Sandra Bullock has this. I've never known what causes it.

      big hugs to you and yours and you are in good company.

      Pamela





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      • #4
        White spots can come from drinking soft drinks - the phosphoric acid in colas eat away at teeth. (Just imagine what it's doing to your BONES![B)][}][xx(][xx(])

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        • #5
          My middle daughter has spots on her teeth too - my dental office asked me if she was ever on antibiotics as a baby/toddler and she was, she used to have chronic ear infections until she had her adnoids and tonsils taken out. So....that's why she has the spots, the antibiotics do something to the teeth when they are forming.

          Mary Ann





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          • #6
            I'm also hoping someone will answer this.....I've had a white spot on one of my front teeth since I got my permanent teeth. It's never caused any problems and I smile a lot anyway but I'm curious......BTW ~ I've never been a big Coke drinker. Living in the South, I'm a big iced tea drinker. Any input would be appreciated and thanks Satara for opening this thread.

            laura





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            • #7
              Yes, Tetracycline, if taken as a child, can cause discoloration and white spots in adult teeth. As stated, colas do the same. Lastly, malabsorption of calcium can also cause this, and, of course, I'm talking about celiac disease here. If your son never took Tetracycline and doesn't drink colas, you might investigate the possibility of malabsorption.

              Laura H. (RoseTapper)





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              • #8
                I'm surprised nobody has mentioned this, but normally the white spots are caused by fluoride. The condition is called Fluorosis. I'm not sure exactly how it works, because it's supposed to be caused by to much flouride in the system, ususally from the water source the child is drinking. But i've seen kids from the same family where only one of the children has this. So maybe some children are sensitive to the fluoride where others aren't.

                We learned a lot about this while I was in Dental Assisting school. I'm an RDA now, and work for a general dentist.





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                • #9
                  Anne, thank you! That's so good to know.

                  My DH's teeth were permanently stained yellow from fluoride drops when he was a kid, but I didn't know it would cause the white spots.

                  Pamela





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                  • #10
                    Ann, is there anything that can be done to get rid of them, or is it more a matter of covering them up?

                    Crystal





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                    • #11
                      Other thoughts from a random website........

                      The beginning cavities are marked by white spots on teeth. There is not the usual brightness of enamel. There is usually no subjective sensation. In most cases, you feel pain when eating sour food.

                      One of the white spots causes is enamel hyopoplysia. It is caused by the formation of hard tooth tissues. In this case, a white spot treatment involves demineralization that renews a mineral composition of enamel. Demineralization is the therapeutic saturation of calcium, phosphate, and fluoride that is needed for enamel recovery and consolidation.

                      Reminerization can also be used for the beginning cavities treatment.

                      White spots on teeth can be caused by dental fluoride. It is a chronic disease of the bones and teeth that develops because of excess use of fluoride in the body for a long period of time.

                      The soil includes a great amount of fluoric compounds. Therefore, a good amount of fluorine is in the natural water that is used for the water supply.

                      A high concentration of fluoride is defined in the drinking water of many countries. It is defined in America, India, Portugal, Bulgaria, and China.

                      It is necessary to lower the amount of fluoride in drinking water and in toothpastes and have professional white spots treatment performed.

                      [u]Lori</u>





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                      • #12
                        Someone may have already said this, as I skimmed through the previous posts, but I always thought the white spots were from decalcification. At least, that's what I gathered when my orthodontist took my braces off many years ago.

                        From my understanding, decalcification can be caused by many things: drinking soda (it leeches the calcium from your body...and I think lemon juice can do that, too) and drinking well water both can contribute. I grew up doing both of those things...my brothers also have white spots on their teeth, but theirs aren't as prominent as mine (I guess I'm just lucky).

                        I can't say I've ever heard of a way to get rid of those white spots...but I've never really looked into it, either. No one that has ever done any dental work on me has ever suggested there might be a way of getting rid of them either...so I've just accepted them as they are, I guess.





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                        • #13
                          Lori posted some really good information there.

                          Also, as Starlabrite said, white spots can be caused by decalicification, especially with ortho treatment.

                          Last week we had a 16 year old girl who had just had here braces removed about 2 weeks prior to her appointment. She was there to have two cavities filled. Her anterior (front) teeth had white spots due to decalcification causes by poor oral hygien while she was wearing braces.
                          My dentist was able to easily remove the decalcified areas with a smooth diamond bur on his high speed drill. He just carefully smoothed away the outer enamel where the white spots were, and then had me perform a coronal polish with a high level flouride polish. The girls teeth looked amazing afterwards.

                          But if your son is 13, and has not had braces, and the dentist has ruled out decalcification...the white spots could very well be from excess flouride.

                          From what I've been told by my dentist...white spots like you are describing on your son's teeth are NORMALLY, but not always, from excess flouride.

                          Often times bleaching the teeth will whiten the enamel to a lighter level that closer matches the white spots.

                          On a positive note, people with "flourosis" do not normally get very many cavities.





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                              "that through his death he might bring to nothing the one having the means to cause death, that is, the Devil;" Hebrews 2:14
                              "As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing." 1 Corinthians 15:26




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