New Treatment to Diminish the Appearance of White and Brown Spots on Teeth

There are two main causes for splotchy discolorations on our teeth: “less-than-perfect” oral hygiene while wearing braces and excessive fluoride ingestion as a child. Either way, these chalky white and brown spots can be embarrassing and affect our confidence. In the past, bleaching has been used to treat these discolorations. The goal was to lighten the parts of the tooth not affected by the spots in an attempt to blend the colors and make the spots less noticeable. In many demineralized cases, bleaching leaves the white areas even lighter and patients no happier with the appearance of their teeth than before bleaching. We have recently begun to use GC MI Paste Plus to help blend the light and dark spots with the natural color of the tooth. These treatments have been very successful. We completed the case below during seven in-office treatments with the patient applying MI Paste Plus at the end of her nightly oral hygiene routine. No fillings were done and she did not use any bleaching products. The in-office treatments take about thirty minutes and are completely painless. We are excited about this new treatment option to help our patients smile with more confidence!

Melissa M. Jordan D.M.D

Never had a cavity?

Never had a cavity? That’s awesome! But did you know that you can still get gingivitis, an infection in your gums and an early indicator of peridontitis which is gum disease? If your gums bleed when you brush or floss then you have gingivitis. How do you know if you have gingivitis or periodontitis? Only by visiting your dentist and dental hygienist who will use a special tool called a probe which measures for gum disease. Gum disease is known as a silent disease because symptoms are not always present. Early detection of gum disease can prevent bone loss and subsequent tooth loss. So if you think just because you have never had a cavity you are free and clear of visiting your dentist please think twice and have your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year by your dentist and dental hygienist.

Melanie Louks RDH