What is Tooth Decalcification?

April 9, 2018 6:58 pm

White scars, also known as “decalcification,” are a common after-effect of orthodontic treatment. Luckily, the spots can be preventable!

White scars are caused by the loss of minerals from the teeth. This erosion occurs when tooth enamel interacts with acid from food that comes into contact with bacteria. These spots can occur on anyone who is not practicing adequate dental hygiene. If left untreated, decalcification can lead to cavities or gingivitis.

before and after

How to preventΒ Dental Scarring:

  1. Brush and floss at least twice a day (after meals and right before bed).

  2. Visit your Dentist or Hygienist every 6 months during your orthodontic treatment.

  3. Avoid sticky foods and chewy candy.

But why stop there? We utilize “Prophy Jet” technology that can greatly reduce the risk of orthodontic scarring. At every appointment, patients receive this service at no extra charge to deep clean the teeth around those hard-to-reach places.

If you have any questions about dental scarring, feel free to ask our Orthodontic Team!

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