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White spot on upper molar

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Posted by: ivan_m  (8 years ago)
Hello,
I saw a tiny white spot on one of my upper molars. When the dentist examined he said it was either discoloration because of fluoridation (not very likely in my opinion) or an early cavity. He said we need to keep an eye on if it get worse but I'm anxious. I did a research and I saw it can be "reminimalized" with topical gel or something. When I shared my thoughts with him he said this refers only to deciduous teeth. Can the process be reversed with the proper technique for permanent teeth? I consider finding other dentist who can perform this procedure if this is possible.
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Hello,
I saw a tiny white spot on one of my upper molars. When the dentist examined he said it was either discoloration because of fluoridation (not very likely in my opinion) or an early cavity. He said we need to keep an eye on if it get worse but I'm anxious. I did a research and I saw it can be "reminimalized" with topical gel or something. When I shared my thoughts with him he said this refers only to deciduous teeth. Can the process be reversed with the proper technique for permanent teeth? I consider finding other dentist who can perform this procedure if this is possible.


Yes, demineralized areas on permanent teeth can be remineralized with fluoride and phosphate solutions. The color may not change after recalcification, however.

But then again, it might just be fluorosis as your dentist said.

The difference is areas of fluorosis are smooth just like the rest of the teeth, but decalcified areas are rather rough.
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: ivan_m  (8 years ago)
Thanks for the reply, very helpful! The color don't bother me as long as it's not a cavity. I'll consult with competent dentist in my area to help with the issue and for treatment if necessary.
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Hey ivan_m, Try putting a small amount of your flouride toothpaste on that white spot for mins before brushing it off. Do it for few days. It will help and fasten the reminelization process. Also after brushing your teeth spit out the excess toothpaste instead of rinsing it all out with water. Use flouridated mouthwash and keep up with your flossing. Hope this helped.
Dr. Hoque
Posted 8 years ago
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Just go tovisit the dentist
Posted 8 years ago
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Just go tovisit the dentist
Posted 8 years ago
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