Did you know that consuming too much fluoride while the teeth are being formed can lead to fluorosis?
This condition causes white or brown discoloration or spots on the enamel, or tooth surface. The effects can range from minor color changes to surface irregularities of the teeth. Fluorosis does not develop after teeth have erupted into the mouth.
Fluorosis is a cosmetic condition, not a disease. Often, it is so mild that only a dental professional can detect it. Most cases of fluorosis result from young children taking fluoride supplements or swallowing fluoride toothpaste when the water they drink is already fluoridated.
What are the symptoms?
There might be no changes or changes that are only visible to a dental professional if the teeth affected are in mild condition. Mild to moderate fluorosis produces white lines, streaks or spots. In more severe fluorosis, the teeth can become pitted and have brown, gray or black spots. The enamel also may have an unusual shape.
SEE THE DOCTOR!
The fluoride intake can be one of the reasons why fluorosis occurred, in relation to that, your dentist and dental hygienist will ask about your child’s fluoride intake. This will help to determine if the discoloration seen is a result of fluorosis.
They also will ask about past and present medical conditions or disabilities that may affect your child’s teeth. Your dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums and take X-rays to make sure the teeth have no other defects or cavities.
Other conditions may look like fluorosis. Developmental defects and problems with the skull or bones of the face can disrupt the enamel or dentin of the teeth. In addition, high fevers or trauma (such as a fall that injures a tooth) in infants or young children may discolor teeth. Young children can get cavities in their primary teeth, so any tooth discoloration should be checked at the dental office.
HOW TO PREVENT FLUOROSIS FROM HAPPENING?
When brushing your child’s teeth, put only a small amount of toothpaste. Do not over take it. If you have a child under 6, put only a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste on his or her toothbrush.
Tell your child to spit the excess rather than swallow after brushing. Avoid toothpastes with flavors that may encourage swallowing. Keep all fluoride-containing products out of the reach of young children. These include toothpastes and mouthwashes.
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