Fluorosis is a defect in tooth enamel caused by excessive fluoride in young children. It typically looks like white streaks or spots in teeth. Learn more about how Dr. Noel, a general dentist, can help with it.
What does fluorosis look like?
Almost all instances of fluorosis in the United States are mild cases which look like spots or streaks of bright white in the enamel of the tooth. Often unnoticeable, these spots may stand out as brighter white than the rest of the tooth surface. The much rarer cases of extreme fluorosis are evidenced by brown stains and rough tooth surfaces.
What causes fluorosis?
It is caused by the ingestion of too much fluoride by young children whose teeth are still developing.
How can I prevent it?
Ask our team AffableCare Dental to determine how much fluoride your children need, and make sure that you monitor your children’s ingestion of fluoride from all sources. There are several potential sources of fluoride that should be accounted for:
If your child gets enough fluoride from the tap water in your community, there may be no need for fluoride supplements in vitamins or bottled water. Children under the age of eight should be supervised to make sure that they don’t swallow too much fluoridated tooth paste.
What can Dr. Noel at AffableCare Dental do about it?
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