What is dental fluorosis?

A couple of months ago, we discussed the effects of fluoride and your teeth, both positive and negative. There has recently been an increase in the media about water fluoridation and children.

Dental fluorosis only effects children between 3 months and age 8. It is a result of a child receiving too much fluoride during tooth development.

What does it look like?

It can be as mild as very slight speckling on the teeth (barely noticeable) or as severe as brown stains and cracking/pitting of the teeth.This is serious because generally fluorosis is effecting permanent teeth, not baby teeth.

How common is it?

37.2% of the population has it–however, the majority of this number is fluorosis in its very mildest form –hardly noticeable.

How can you prevent it?

Naturally occurring fluoride is perfectly okay–and even good!–for your teeth. Fluorosis happens when there is far too much fluoride intake, such as having a water supply with fluoride levels far above the recommended amount. The ADA recommends that formula-fed babies receive formula mixed with fluoride-free water to prevent fluorosis.

I have fluorosis now–what can I do?

Fluorosis can be treated by your dentist, but the treatment depends on the severity. Bleaching can help in some cases, while veneers may be necessary for more serious cases. Call our office at 410-876-2096 for a free consult.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)