Dental fluorosis (also termed mottled enamel) is hypomineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamel formation. It appears as a range of visual changes in enamel causing degrees of intrinsic tooth discoloration. There may be lacy white markings that only dentists can detect. In more severe cases, however, the teeth may have: 1.Stains ranging from yellow to dark brown 2.Surface irregularities 3.Pits that are highly noticeable Symptoms of fluorosis range from tiny white specks or streaks that may be unnoticeable to dark brown stains and rough, pitted enamel that is difficult to clean. Teeth that are unaffected by fluorosis are smooth and glossy. They should also be a pale creamy white.
HOW IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS DIAGNOSED?
Dentists conduct a careful dental examination for diagnosis dental fluorosis. They make use of a mirror for examining the teeth. He or she might evaluate your dental habits and the fluoride content in toothpastes, water and other dental creams
HOW IS DENTAL FLUOROSIS TREATED?
Mostly, fluorosis is pretty mild, and does not require any treatment. The dentist can fix the appearance with procedures aimed at whitening the teeth. Also, bonding can be carried out to coat the hard part of the enamel, known as resin.
DID YOU KNOW?
A calcium phosphate toothpaste can also be used for treatment.