A 44-year-old member asked:
can you begin to form fluorosis stains on your teeth when you are older?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Daniel Wolter answered
29 years experience Dentistry
No: Fluorosis happens during tooth development. Once your teeth are erupted, and you are an adult, this defect does not occur. You can still damage the surface of the enamel in many other ways, and you can also get severe stains, but the underlying layers of enamel won't change from Fluoride once the tooth has formed completely. You need Fluoride to keep the outer layers strong, so use some daily.
Answered on Feb 26, 2017
Dr. Marc Newman answered
9 years experience Dentistry
No: Fluorosis occurs while your teeth are developing. Brown staining can come from foods and liquids that stain teeth over time. Coffee, teas, colas, and smoking are all things that can cause brown staining.
Answered on Jul 9, 2013
Dr. Heidi Nelson answered
42 years experience Dentistry
Not fluorosis but...: You wouldn't first form fluorosis stains long after the teeth have erupted, but you'd want to be sure if what you think might be fluorosis stains might be decalcification. These marks happen when teeth are exposed to acidic plaque long enough to remove calcium from the surface, which is an early step on the way to tooth decay. A dentist can advise you if anything needs to be done.
Answered on Aug 27, 2012
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