Black dots on teeth,is it my teeth is decaying?
April 23, 2008 12:55am CST
I never had teeth problem.My teeth was very healthy till now.I just noticed that black dots on my back on 3 teeths of my lower jaws.I am worried that it might be decaying.i have heard black also doesnt mean its decaying.i am thinking to go to dentist. i just wanted to know is my teeths are decaying? Do u also experienced the same?
23 Apr 08
I'm sorry to say that it does sounds like the first stages of decay. I would get yourself to a dentist quickly, before it spreads further. I had a black dot appear on one of my teeth when I was pregnant which was the start of decay. Thankfully it never reached the inner part of my tooth so doesn't hurt. Once the calcium levels in my body returned to normal after the pregnancy the decay stopped and the black dot has not got any bigger. My dentist advised just leaving it alone and keeping an eye on it. I hope yours turn out the same!
23 Apr 08
Hi. I cannot exactly tell if its already decaying or not unless I see your teeth clinically. Actually, the first stage of tooth decay is not developing black dots at once. When teeth are not cleaned properly, the microorganism on the surfaces of the teeth produces acid (lactic acid to be exact) as a by-product of their metabolism. This lactic acid causes the pH of mouth to drop causing some demineralization of the enamel area / outer covering of the tooth. When the pH of the mouth rises and stabilizes, it will give some time for the saliva to cause remineralization on the surfaces of the tooth. If there is an imbalance between the demineralization and remineralization processes, that when tooth decay takes place. Early stages is characterized by chalky whit appearance of surface of tooth which may transform into yellowish color and into black. Black dots may be just discoloration of tooth pits by color of food you take or yes, it may be caries or tooth decay. To be sure what it is really, have it checked by a dentist as soon as possible so that proper care and treatment can be given. Have a great day.
23 Apr 08
Early stages of tooth decay / caries is can be treated by fluoride treatment, preventive resin restoration, or enameloplasty with application of tooth sealant. It depends on the extent and severity of the caries / toothdecay. But usually, the treatment is just conservative of early stage caries.
• United States
1 May 08
it is quite likely that they are beginning to decay... but if the dots are very tiny you can halt the decay from continuing by keeping the area very clean. I would see the dentist personally. One way to know if it is active caries on the teeth - take a sharp stainless steel instrument and stick the point into the spot see if it sticks at all. If there is any tackiness to the spot it is indicative of caries.