WHAT IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS?
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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.
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
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:
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.
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