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Fluorosis
Fluorosis causes spots on the enamel, or tooth surface.. Fluorosis does not develop after teeth have erupted into the mouth.
Fluorosis is a condition that can be treated with cosmetic dentistry treatments. Most cases of fluorosis appear in young children because they are the ones that take fluoride supplements or are swallowing fluoride toothpaste when the water they drink is already fluoridated.

Fluorosis Symptoms:

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.

Fluorosis Diagnosis

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. 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.
The spots and stains left by fluorosis are permanent. They may darken over time.







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