When there is excessive exposure to fluoride in the first eight years of a child’s life, then this condition can set in. This is a cosmetic condition that leads to discolouration of the teeth along with other symptoms like pits and surface unevenness of the teeth. Taking too much of fluoride supplements in one’s childhood can also lead to this condition.
HOW IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS DIAGNOSED?
A dentist can diagnose dental fluorosis by physical examination and by asking about the patient's medical history. A radiographic X-ray may be done to support the diagnosis
HOW IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS TREATED?
In many cases, fluorosis is so mild that no treatment is needed. Or, it may only affect the back teeth where it can't be seen. The appearance of teeth affected by moderate-to-severe fluorosis can be significantly improved by a variety of techniques. Most of them are aimed at masking the stains. Such techniques may include: 1.Tooth whitening and other procedures to remove surface stains, note that bleaching teeth may temporarily worsen the appearance of fluorosis. 2. Bonding, which coats the tooth with a hard resin that bonds to the enamel 3.Crowns 4.Veneers, which are custom-made shells that cover the front of the teeth to improve their appearance, these are used in cases of severe fluorosis. 5.MI Paste, a calcium phosphate product that is sometimes combined with methods like microabrasion to minimize tooth discoloration
DID YOU KNOW?
Teeth affected by fluorosis are not diseased. Fluorosis will not result in cavities or other dental problems.