- by Dr Mini Ajitha
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- May 10 2017
What is Dental Fluorosis?
Dental fluorosis is the condition when white lines appear on the teeth due to over intake of fluorine. It happens especially when children consume too much of fluoride especially in the first eight years as this is the time when permanent teeth begin to develop and are vulnerable. Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition and not a disease and so it does not affect the health of your teeth. Sometimes fluorosis surprisingly makes the teeth more resistant to decay.
- In most cases, there are white lines which only can be detected by a dentist.
- White opaque paper-like deposit on teeth.
- Stains ranging from yellow to dark brown in severe cases.
- Irregularities on the surface of teeth.
- Formation of pits in teeth which can be noticed easily.
- Exposure to fluoride is the main cause for dental fluorosis. This may happen in the following ways:
- High amount of fluoride content in the toothpaste may affect children.
- Fluoride present in drinking water can also cause fluorosis.
- Ingesting fluoride because of any other reasons (food etc) can also contribute to it.
- If the teeth are developing (as in children), the risk increases significantly.
As already stated, fluorosis is only a cosmetic condition and does not require any treatment as it does not affect the health of the teeth. Fluorosis is also often not noticed when it is mild and sometimes it affects the back teeth which also makes it invisible. Still the following treatments can be done to mask the stains in case the condition is severe:
- Teeth whitening procedures are done to remove fluorosis. The permanent bleaching may temporarily worsen the appearance of the teeth.
- Bonding is done in which hard resin is made to bond with the enamel, thereby coating the affected area.
- Dental crowns and veneers can also be implanted to cover up the stains.
- Other methods to minimize abrasion and avoid discoloration are also done (like MI paste).
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