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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

Dr. Corey Clay
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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?

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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I drink brick tea daily. Will I get fluorosis?

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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Please help! What is the best way to cover fluorosis stain on my tooth?

Fluorosis: The treatment for fluorosis will depend on the extent of the staining so this will vary for each person. The best way to find the answer for your particular situation is with a dental evaluation. Some of the possible solutions are bonding, veneers or crowns. ...Read more

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How common is dental fluorosis?

How common is dental fluorosis?

Very Common: Dental Fluorosis is very common and is caused by ingesting excessive fluoride during enamel formation. Is a normal condition and only poses a cosmetic concern which can be remedied with teeth whitening, porcelain restorations or microabrasion. ...Read more

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Could mild dental fluorosis be removed?

Of course: Using the combination of microabrasion, MI Paste, and whitening is an efficient technique to treat fluorosis stains. Ask your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Does veneering or bonding in fluorosis affect teeths strength?

Possibly: Studies have shown that teeth with fluorosis may have statistically significant reduced bond strengths. This may or may not be clinically significant depending upon the degree of fluorosis, the size of the area being bonded, whether a composite filling, an orthodontic bracket, or porcelain laminate is being bonded, and the design and attention to detail exercised by the dentist. ...Read more

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What is bone demineralization and if this is happening what actions will take place?

What is bone demineralization and if this is happening what actions will take place?

Couple reasons: Bones need adequate calcium and vitamin d intake, and bones need 2 b stressed 2 maintain the calcium content. Walking & other wt bearing exercise. Astronauts r very osteoporotic from long periods of weightlessness. @ ur age this is unusual & should b evaluated by an endocrinologist 4 the reason. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby has dental fluorosis?

Find the cause.: If your child has been diagnosed with dental fluorosis, it's important to determine the source of the Fluoride in the diet. Sometimes it's in the water and other times it is in a supplement given to the child. Wherever it comes from, you want to stop it before it affects the adult teeth forming in the jaw bones. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between fluorosis and caries?

How can you differentiate between fluorosis and caries?

Differentiate: Fluorosis is characterized by deep brown or black hard stains that cannot be polished away with a dental cleaning. Caries can be brown or black, is 'sticky' and is associated with a hole as the bacteria dissolve the enamel. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between denatl fluorosis, caries?

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.

Demineralization can lead to caries (cavities), but may arrest itself and remain a "dark" spot. ...Read more

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Dental fluorosis and braces what should I do?

Dental fluorosis and braces what should I do?

Unclear Question: Not sure I understand the question. If you have braces, that won't affect your fluorosis. If you have fluorosis, then you may not be completely satisfied with your smile, even after your teeth are straight. You may have to do some more cosmetic dental work afterwards. Perhaps bleaching, if the fluorosis is mild, perhaps some "bonding, " or maybe even porcelain veneers. Either way, it's fixable. ...Read more