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Fluorosis

WHAT IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS?

Fluorosis Treatment Melbourne CBD

Fluorosis is a condition that is caused by overexposure to fluoride during the first eight years of life. This is the time when most of the permanent teeth are being formed.

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Fluoride works in two ways – systemically and topically

Systemic fluoride works when teeth are developing in childhood and is ingested in food and fluoridated water, also in supplements prescribed by the dentist or paediatrician.

Topical fluoride is found in fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes, working to protect your teeth from the outside.

Despite the benefits of fluoride, overexposure as a baby and child can lead to fluorosis, which changes the look of the teeth, including causing white spots on teeth and/or mottled teeth.

Symptoms of Fluorosis

After the teeth erupt, the teeth of those affected by fluorosis may appear mildly discoloured.

For example, there may be lacy white markings that only your Melbourne CBD dentist can detect.

In more severe cases, the teeth may have:

  • Stains from yellow to dark brown
  • Surface abnormalities
  • Highly noticeable pits
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Causes of Fluorosis

A main cause of fluorosis is the incorrect use of fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses.

Sometimes, children enjoy the taste of toothpaste so much that they swallow instead of spitting it out.

Other causes of fluorosis…

For example, taking higher-than-prescribed amounts of fluoride supplements during early childhood can cause it.

So as taking a fluoride supplement when fluoridated drinking water or fluoride-fortified fruit juices and softdrinks already provide the right amount.

Treatment for Dental Fluorosis

In mild fluorosis, no treatment is required.

In more severe cases, there are several treatment options aimed at improving the appearance of the affected teeth.

Fluorosis treatment options may include:

  • Removal of stains through teeth whitening
  • Adding a hard resin coating to the tooth, which bonds with tooth enamel (dental bonding)
  • Crowns and veneers

Fluorosis Treatment in Melbourne CBD

Most fluorosis cases are mild, not painful, and don’t cause any permanent damage to a child’s teeth.

For severe fluorosis, it can usually be treated through a number of cosmetic dentistry techniques such as whitening or veneers.

For your fluorosis treatment in Melbourne CBD, call us on (03) 9642 8955 or request an appointment online.

We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is dental fluorosis?
Dental fluorosis is a dental condition where there is a slight change in the look of the teeth, usually very faint white markings. It normally doesn’t affect the function of the teeth or cause any pain.
What are the causes of fluorosis?
Most dental fluorosis is the result of consuming too much fluoride before the age of 8, while permanent teeth are still forming. Be sure kids learn to spit out toothpaste, not swallow.
What can I do to prevent my child from developing fluorosis?
The possibility of developing fluorosis exists until about age eight because teeth are still developing under the gums. Getting the right amount of fluoride is best — not too much and not too little.