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Any difference between fluorosis and demineralization?

Any difference between fluorosis and demineralization?

Yes: Fluorosis is characterized by stains on the teeth because of high amount of fluoride...Demineralization if the breakdown of enamel, which can also be characterized by stain/change in color. ...Read more

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Fluorosis (Definition)

Fluorosis is caused by an excessive intake of fluorine in drinking water, which may result in the mottling of ...Read more


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What's the difference between fluorosis and demineralization?

What's the difference between fluorosis and demineralization?

Fluorosis/deminerali: Fluorosis appears as brown or white stains on the teeth. It is caused by too much Fluoride when you still have your baby teeth and the permanent teeth are developing. Demineralization is a breakdown of the enamel, and also appears as white spots. It is usually caused when bacteria in the mouth interacts with sugar to form acid. If not treated early, it will develop into a cavity. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between fluorosis and demineralization?

Difference in hardne: In fluorosis the tooth is actually harder; the enamel is stronger. In demineralization the enamel has 'soft' spots that appear as pre-cavities with an explorer. ...Read more

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Will a take home whitening kid provided by the dentist be able to whiten aesthetic defects caused by fluorosis or demineralization?

Will a take home whitening kid provided by the dentist be able to whiten aesthetic defects caused by fluorosis or demineralization?

It may lessen: the effects. However, those types of enamel defects can be very difficult to completely remove and require multiple in-office visits using a stronger concentration of whitening chemicals. ...Read more

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What's the apparent difference between fluorosis or hypoplasia?

Specificity: Fluorosis is a term given to abnormal tooth enamel formation as a result of excessive Fluoride consumption during tooth formation. Enamel hypoplasia is a more general term, and encompasses all types of inadequate enamel formation, including that caused by fluorosis. In other words, fluorosis is one form of enamel hypoplasia. Often, different types of hypoplasia are visually indistinguishable. ...Read more

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Dental professionals - how can you tell difference between hypoplasia and fluorosis?

Dental professionals - how can you tell difference between hypoplasia and fluorosis?

Difference: Hypoplasia by definition means under developed so the enamel should be thin and fragile. Fluorosis can look similar but enamel should still be thick. Depending on severity it could still be very strong where as hypoplasia is not. Fluorosis may appear brown and white and chalky if it is quite severe as well. See a dentist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Can using white strips make fluorosis worst?

Definitely, no: Only a child may get the enamel fluorosis if he or she gets too much fluoride during the years of tooth development. It is not possible at your age. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i could fix my fluorosis and what age do you have to be to fix it?

Cover it: Depending on how bad it is, veneers may be needed. Sometimes you can make it better with tray whitening for a long time, or bonding. Any adult can get this done at any time. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for fluorosis?

Depends: Severe cases of fluorosis most likely need restorative work such as conservative resin restorations up to full coverage crowns. Mild cases can be treated with enamel microabrasion which basically removes the superficial affected enamel by mechanical means, lasers, or the use of acidic slurry. ...Read more

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Will whitening strips make fluorosis worst?

Evaluation: The answer to your question is best handled by a dentist who can personally examine you and discuss treatment options. There is no blanket yes or no answer to your question. ...Read more

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