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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Is water pollution a cause for dental fluorosis?

Is water pollution a cause for dental fluorosis?

No: In agreement with dr stoval. It is abnormally high natural flouride concentrations in the drinking water, ingested for a long time, that cause flourosis. ...Read more

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Can topical fluoridation cause fluorosis even if a patient doesn't swallow any fluoride?

Can topical fluoridation cause fluorosis even if a patient doesn't swallow any fluoride?

No: Topical Fluoride is absorbed by the enamel. Fluoride penetrates only to a very, very thin layer. Fluorosis happens as the tooth develops. It takes place years before the tooth erupts in the mouth. It requires a very high level of Fluoride intake. It is not the only reason a tooth can develop white or brown spots as it forms. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had fluorosis? What are causes?

Has anyone ever had fluorosis? What are causes?

More common lately: There are many sources of Fluoride in our environment. Besides misuse of Fluoride supplements and toothpaste (ingestion) there are sometimes high levels of Fluoride in imported foods and unregulated well water. Also surprisingly, carbonated soft drinks, juice boxes and cereals often have Fluoride as an ingredient. The effective level of Fluoride is measured in per million. ...Read more

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Giving my newborn baby nursery water with fluoride for the past 6 weeks. Didn't know about fluorosis risk and I'm scared now. Did I cause harm?

Unfounded fear: You've done no harm. To educate yourself regarding this subject, please read from the following link: http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/advocating-for-the-public/fluoride-and-fluoridation ...Read more

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What are the tests for fluorosis?

Many tests: Your dentist will do a differential diagnosis between caries and fluorosis. Skeletal flourosis can be tested by drinking water Fluoride level testing. Blood and urine samples. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have fluorosis?

How do I know if I have fluorosis?

See Dentists: There are many reasons for tooth discoloration, including but not limited to excess Fluoride intake while crowns of permanent teeth are forming, from about 6 months in utero until about age 8. Your dentist can determine the cause of discoloration and the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat fluorosis?

What are some ways to treat fluorosis?

Cosmetics: Some fluorosis can be lessened via various bleaching techniques. Sometimes a mild abrasion paste can be used to remove the superficial layer of enamel, which is usually the most affected by these opaque white spots. Sometimes more aggressive cosmetic procedures, such as the placement of ceramic veneers, is the only way to correct this. Often, it's best to leave mild cases of fluorisis alone. ...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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I think I have fluorosis. How can I tell for sure?

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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What is the definition or description of: Fluorosis?

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

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Is there a way to fix my fluorosis and what age do you have to be to fix it?

Yes: Fluorosis, or discoloration in the teeth from excessive Fluoride exposure, can be easily taken care of. Sometimes just whitening the teeth can remove much of the stain. In-office whitening is stronger and has helped many patients find a better blending of the coloration. There is also a procedure using microabrasion. Bonding, veneers or crowns may be necessary for more severe cases. ...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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In what cases does deep bleaching reverse fluorosis?

The effects of: Fluorosis can be lessened drastically with long-term bleaching and other techniques. Consult with your dentist for the various treatment options available. Crowns and veneers are no longer the only solution in many cases. ...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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After bleaching some patches of fluorosis are brighter. What can I do?

Cosmetic bonding: It's a common problem when bleaching teeth with fluorosis or white spots. Cosmetic bonding may be an excellent and quick solution to this problem. ...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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