White spots on your teeth can be somewhat of an embarrassing confidence breaker and may leave you feeling self-conscious about smiling. Having white spots means there is a serious breakdown of tooth enamel, which can leave your teeth more susceptible to cavities. So what causes the breakdown? Too much acidic and sugary food and a build-up of plaque due to poor hygiene. This is especially true if the spots occur after taking off braces, which means they were not being properly cleaned. The first step in how to get rid of the white spots on teeth should be to brush and floss often and on a consistent basis. Sometimes brushing to get rid of the spots only makes them brighter and more noticeable, but don’t worry. The good news is that these spots are 100 percent treatable and 100 percent preventable.
Aside from poor brushing habits, another reason a person might develop white spots is from something called fluorosis. Fluorosis is a common condition where the tooth enamel is damaged by too much fluoride intake (This happens a lot with small children on their baby teeth.). Too much calcium can be release during the growth period of a tooth, leaving calcium deposits, which results in white spots.
Another common term associated with white spots is hypocalcification, meaning serious mineral loss in the teeth. Restoring the minerals in your teeth is the next important step in getting those white spots to fade away and blend with the natural color of the tooth enamel.
Good Dental Hygiene
If your pearly whites are susceptible to white spots, it is imperative to display good hygiene and take preventative measures. While brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash everyday, twice a day, will keep your mouth clean and fresh, the foods and liquids you consume may counteract all that work. For instance, drinking a lot of brown soda, black tea, or coffee will stain the teeth, making the white spots more prominent. Try drinking non-sugary drinks and make drinking water a part of your daily routine instead of going to the soda machine. Also try eating whole, healthy meals, rather than sugary or crunchy snacks throughout the day. This will ensure not only your body, but your teeth get the proper amount to vitamins and nutrients.
Most people don’t carry their toothbrushes around with them everywhere they go, but if you’re trying to keep those white spots to a minimum, be sure to brush after every meal and floss before bed every night. Try whitening mouthwashes and sprinkle a little baking soda on your toothbrush to get rid of surface stains.
Restoring Natural Minerals
The first thing someone may want to try is the dozens of teeth whitening kits lined up on the shelves at the local grocery store, but think again. While bleaching your teeth may help blend some of the spots, it is usually only a temporary fix, a cover-up. If you’ve got pesky spots, it’s best to get right to the root of the problem and restore lacking minerals.
Mineral Restoring Toothpaste
This simple toothpaste blend, when used consistently, can help restore minerals in the enamel of your teeth. leaving them strong and healthy.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 5 tablespoons of calcium powder
- 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3-5 drops essential oil for flavor (try mint or cinnamon)
- 1 tablespoon Diatomaceous Earth (optional)
- 3 tablespoons of Xylitol Powder (optional)
What to do:
You may want to start by finding a small container with a lid to store your mixture for later use as this recipe makes enough for a few days. If you don’t have calcium powder, you can grind up a few calcium pills into a powder. Add the calcium powder, the baking soda, Xylitol, and Diatomaceous Earth into a small mixing bowl. Stir in the coconut oil until you get the right texture and lastly, add in the other essential oils for flavor.
Brush with this mixture 2-3 times every day and you are sure to see results very soon.
Mineral Restoring Tooth Powder
This powder has numerous valuable ingredients that will not only restore your teeth, get rid of white spots, and help freshen breath, it balances pH levels and deters bacteria from growing in your mouth. The main ingredient, bentonite clay, is used for many home remedies including facial masks. This clay is used in many restoring toothpastes because it draws out unwanted heavy metals and toxins and kills the bacteria known to cause the development of white spots. While drawing out heavy metals, bentonite clay simultaneously restores the teeth with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and alkaline.
What you will need:
- 4 tablespoons of bentonite clay
- 3 tablespoons of calcium powder
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder (for antibacterial purposes and flavor)
- 1 tablespoon of cloves powder (for antibacterial purposes and flavor)
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoons of Xylitol Powder (optional for flavor)
- 2 tablespoons of Mint Leaf Powder (optional for flavor)
- 2-4 drops of essential oil for flavor (try peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint)
What to do:
As mentioned before, find a container you can keep your mixture in for later use. Mix all the ingredients together and brush with it 2-3 times daily.
Enjoying Acidic Foods
It is well known, obviously, that too much sugar is bad for your teeth. But what about too much phytic-acid? Phytic-acid can be found in even the healthiest of foods, but someone who is fighting white spots on their teeth due to mineral loss may want to avoid them. Too much phytic-acid can cause important minerals to be blocked and therefore unabsorbed. It isn’t necessary to avoid these foods altogether, but modifying them and eating them in different ways will be a big help.
- Beans- All types of beans and legumes have high amounts of phytic-acid in them, but they are remarkably good for you. Soaking the beans or legumes for a while in warm water before cooking them will help break down some of the acids. Also, be sure to accompany them with small portions of meat, chicken, or fish to better absorb the right amount of minerals.
- Nuts- Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are extremely rich in phytic-acid, but of course you wouldn’t want to cut out these healthy and delicious treats. The important thing to remember before eating nuts is to soak them in warm water for about 5 hours to decrease the levels of acid. You can also roast them to cut down on the acids or, if you insist on eating them raw, accompany them with foods that are high in vitamin C (oranges, strawberries, etc.).
- Seeds- Seeds like sesame, flax seed, linseed, sunflower seeds, and soybeans are high in phytic-acid. Seeds and nuts are similar when it comes to taking out a lot of the acids. Be sure to soak them or toast them before eating or eat them with foods that are rich in vitamin C.
- Grains- Whole grain foods like wheat bran, rice bran, barley, wild rice, and oats are high in phytic-acid. Pre-soak them in warm water before cooking and accompany them with foods rich in yeast to help break down the acids and absorb more minerals.
- Oil- Coconut oil, olive oil, and fish oil are rich in the appropriate vitamins and minerals to help get rid of white spots as well as prevent more.
Foods That Are Good To Your Teeth
Avoiding foods high in acid is a smart way to ensure strong tooth enamel. By adding foods into your diet that are rich in minerals, you are not only nourishing your teeth, but your entire body. Concentrate on getting in high amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin K2, vitamin D, and fat soluble vitamins like: vitamins A, D, E, and K. As you change your diet to compliment your teeth (and improve dental hygiene habits), tooth enamel will strengthen and the white spots will diminish. Try to find a place for any of these foods in your daily life.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
- Vitamin A- Foods that contain large amounts of vitamin A are sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards), squash, lettuce, apricots, peaches, cantaloupe, sweet peppers, tuna fish, and most tropical fruits: such as mango and papaya.
- Vitamin D- Vitamin D is an important vitamin that helps the body absorb other essential vitamins and minerals like calcium. Foods that are rich in vitamin D are in oily fishes like salmon, swordfish, and whitefish. Cod liver oil is also vitamin rich as well as mushrooms, whole grain cereal, tofu, and caviar. Raw dairy products like organic milk, goat’s milk, butter, and cheese are loaded both with calcium and vitamin D. Dairy alternatives like soy and almond milk can also be beneficial.
- Vitamin E- Vitamin E is found in foods like avocado, shellfish, rainbow trout, olive oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ, broccoli, and squash.
- Vitamin K- Vitamin K can be found in dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards. It is also loaded in dried herbs like basil, sage, thyme, parsley, cilantro, and chives and in lettuces; such as endive, radicchio, romaine, green and red lettuce, spring onions, scallions and celery. Broccoli, cabbage, chili powder, fennel, leeks, asparagus, cucumbers, pickles, soy beans, olive oil, and dried fruits like blueberries, pears, peaches, and figs are all full of vitamin K.
Green Tea Rinse
Green tea contains catechins, a plaque preventative that can help remove even the toughest white spots. It is also a natural form of fluoride, which makes teeth stronger and less likely to deteriorate. The green tea rinse is a non-abrasive, safe way to tame white spots and restore enamel strengthening minerals to the teeth, leaving them evenly colored.
What you will need:
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 tea cup of hot water
What to do:
The green tea rinse will most likely give best results when made into a hot tea first (of course, no sugar added) from an organic tea bag. Boil the water and place the tea bag in the water for about 5 minutes. Allow the tea to cool to a comfortable temperature and take a sip to swish it around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit. Continue the rinsing process until all the tea is gone. For fast results, try this 2-4 times per day.
Oil pulling refers to a traditional Indian home remedy that concentrates on the use of essential oils that have antiseptic qualities like tea tree, clove, or coconut oil. These naturally draw out bacteria and toxins on the teeth and in the mouth while at the same time restore minerals necessary to get rid of white spots. The recipe is simple and the oil pulling method can be used twice a day. Oil pulling is becoming more and more popular, probably because the results have proven to be amazing time and time again.
The most popular oil used in this process is coconut oil, due to the fact that it has strong detox abilities and a cooling, recognizable taste. Another commonly used oil for pulling is sesame oil, which doesn’t taste all that great, but is tolerable for swishing and spitting.
More Reasons Than One
As an ancient method of detoxing and cleansing, oil pulling doesn’t just focus on teeth. Will it strengthen, whiten, and balance the color of your teeth? Yes. But oil pulling has so many other benefits, that you may want to continue using the process even after your white spots have long gone away.
Oil pulling has the reputation of reducing inflammation in the body, relieving headaches and migraines, corrects hormonal imbalances, reduces eczema, and treats uncomfortable digestion problems. By making oil pulling a constant process in your life, you can also get rid of allergies, detox the entire body of heavy metals, improve eyesight, and regulate kidney function.
What Type of Oil to Look For
As always, the most organic solutions are the most effective and healthiest for you. Look for cold pressed (or expeller pressed), unrefined, all natural essential oils to be sure there are no added chemicals that can leave residue behind. If refined oils are the only options you can find, try using sunflower oil or sesame oil, as they will work best as a refined oil.
Be sure to consider quality oils and avoid using oil that you would not ingest like canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, flax oil, and soy oil. These specific oils have a tendency to get rancid quickly, which you do not want in your mouth.
What you will need:
What to do:
Mix only the oils together (the water is just for rinsing). After you make the mixture, simply swish it around in your mouth for 1-2 minutes. Eventually, you will want to try to swish it around for anywhere up to 20 minutes, but it may be difficult to do that for long at first. Once you spit out the mixture, immediately rinse with the warm water. Brushing is optional after oil pulling.
Other Oils to Try
It’s already been mentioned that sesame oil is another great oil to try for oil pulling. It is great for your teeth, gums, and the entire mouth, but did you know it can also help with depression, curbs cravings, and reduces addictive tendencies? It can do wonders for your skin, increase alertness, and improves overall heart health. Here are a few others to consider:
- Sunflower oil- Sunflower oil is also great for overall mouth-health. It can pull out white spots, whiten teeth, cure bad breath, and give you healthier gums. Not only that, sunflower oil can cure a toothache, balance out blood cholesterol levels, increase energy levels, improve circulation, and rejuvenates skin, nail, and hair growth. It has also been known to help with congestion, sores on the body, and encourage weight loss.
- Olive oil- Olive oil encourages a healthy mouth as well as encourages skin, nails, and hair health. This common oil is known to improve moods, give mental clarity, and boost energy. It is also linked with getting rid of cravings and soothing irritations from addictions to alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco. Like sunflower oil, pulling with olive oil can also clear up congestion and improve vision.
- Coconut oil- Coconut oil has been popularly used for oil pulling with focus on the teeth, whitening the teeth, and getting rid of white spots on the teeth. This oil is also beneficial and many other ways including acting as a weight loss tool, decreasing nerve pain and joint pain, balancing out blood pressure, increasing energy levels, and moisturizing the skin.
- Cod liver oil- Cod liver oil is linked to getting rid of teeth problems and improving skin conditions.
- Avocado oil- Avocado oil is another one of those oils that will improve skin conditions, leaving your skin moisturized and healthy, getting rid of bags under your eyes, and will clear up congestion problems especially in the sinuses.
- Cedar nut oil- Cedar nut oil has been known to whiten teeth.
- Canola oil- The use of canola oil during pulling reduces bacteria and offers an overall healthier mouth.
- Walnut oil- Walnut oil may not only get rid of white spots on teeth, but it also promotes healthy gums.
- Safflower oil- Safflower oil helps pull white spots from teeth, encourages healthy gums, and gets rid of bad breath. It is also linked to weight loss and an increase in energy levels. LIke many of the other oils mentioned, safflower oil also encourages healthy skin and hair.
The use of home remedies and homemade remineralizing toothpastes can always be utilized before having to spend tons of money on dentist appointments. Of course, you can also ask your dentist what you can do about white spots on teeth. Although they may have an expensive solution, most treatments are non-abrasive. You can ask about home remedies or get a prescription for remineralizing toothpaste (most of which include the ingredients above and some unwanted chemicals as well).
The dentist will have a few methods of getting rid of white spots on the teeth including resin infiltration, which opens the pores in the enamel of the teeth. This process is painless and only takes about fifteen minutes. The dentist applies a light-colored resin gel to the teeth and lets it set. The gel then infiltrates through all the pores in the tooth enamel and allows the white spots to fade into the background. After treatment, the resin continues to act as a barrier to prevent acid corrosion and cavities.
The dentist may also recommend using prescription toothpaste (most of which carry the ingredients from example homemade toothpaste above). Toothpaste with CPP-ACP and fluoride (under 1000 ppm) help remineralize. They might also recommend chewing gum that contains ACP (Amorphous Calcium Phosphate)
Restoring and Regrowing Mineral Toothpaste
While it may be true that you cannot regrow an entire tooth, it is also true that a proper diet and use of all natural, remineralizing toothpastes, will regrow enamel, reverse decay, and remove and prevent unsightly white spots. Many of the ingredients for this next homemade toothpaste recipe can be found both in your local grocery store and local health food stores.
Here is what you will need:
- ½ cup of filtered water
- ¼ cup of bentonite clay
- 2 tablespoons of calcium/magnesium powder
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon of real salt
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 10 drops of trace minerals
- 20 drops of essential oil blend
- 10 drops of peppermint oil
What to do:
Mix all the ingredients together except for the stevia. Once you have a good consistency for toothpaste, slowly add stevia for taste (be careful not to add too much or you will ruin the mix). Use the toothpaste at least twice daily for best results.
The Bottom Line
While your dentist may be able to blast away those white spots, it does seem like a temporary fix. Be sure to consider these home remedies before shelling out the big bucks and remember to be patient! Though you may see slight results right away, you may also want results to be instantaneous. After a couple of weeks of remineralizing your teeth, promising good hygiene, and changing up your diet, the white spots should be gone for good, never to return again.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the different oils for oil pulling and with homemade toothpastes and powders. This is the best way to find which method is the best fit for you, your teeth, and your body.