Fluorosis is a cosmetic tooth condition that is usually harmless, but often embarrassing. It ranges from stains on your teeth from yellow to dark brown, surface irregularities and pits that are noticeable. Most commonly, it is the appearance of faint while lines or streaks on the teeth. This occurs when young children consume too much fluoride during the first eight years of their life when permanent teeth are developing under the gums. Once the teeth come in, you cannot develop fluorosis any longer. The major cause is reoccurring swallowing of tooth paste or mouth rinses containing fluoride. Additionally, another cause could be taking a higher than recommended amount of fluoride supplements during childhood.
Attention is key to preventing fluorosis. If your water is from a public reservoir, any local water authority or public health department can tell you how much fluoride is in it. When you know exactly how much fluoride intake your child is getting, you can better plan fluoride content from fruit drinks or supplements. Any fluoride products such as tooth paste and mouthwash should be out of reach from young children at all times. Ensure your child only uses a pea sized amount of toothpaste when brushing, and make sure they spit it out when done brushing.
Treatment for fluorosis is mainly aimed at masking the stains with tooth whitening methods or coverings. For more information on fluorosis or to book your appointment, call or stop by Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario today.