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Dr. Ira Katz
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Fluorosis (Overview)

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


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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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Dr. Ira Katz
76 doctors shared insights

Fluorosis (Overview)

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


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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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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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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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With treated or untreated dental fluorosis. How effective are the treatment options for fluorosis?

Enamel fluorosis. : Enamel fluorosis can manifest itself as mild whitish spots, to more severe brown-yellowish pitting and staining of the teeth. The milder forms often times can be rubbed out via mild pastes that we apply to the teeth. Unforunately the more severe forms generally require a type of bonding or crown restoration. ...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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Are there any treatments for dental fluorosis?

Dental Fluorosis: Depending upon the depth, extent and color of the fluorosis, enamel microabrasion, tooth whitening, composite bonding, veneers or in the worst case scenario, ceramic crowns can restore your teeth to their natural beauty. Often a combination of methods is used. Discuss your options with a dentist knowledgeable about all these methods. ...Read more

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3 Weeks newborn takes formula prepared with 2.5-3 oz of nursery water with fluoride. Is my baby at risk of fluorosis in the future with this amount?

3 Weeks newborn takes formula prepared with 2.5-3 oz of nursery water with fluoride. Is my baby at risk of fluorosis in the future with this amount?

Not from the ...: Nursery water with fluoride does not have a concentration of fluoride above 0.7 ppm which is the reported "optimal level". Fluoride is also very often added to the drinking water that you get from the tap (depends on your community). I would not recommend additional fluoride vitamins, but mixing the formula with the nursery water is fine. Congratulations on the new baby! ...Read more

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How can you prevent severe dental fluorosis?

Don't eat toothpaste: If you live in an area with fluoridated water, do not get a Fluoride tablet prescription for your children. Only children aged 8yrs ; younger can develop dental fluorosis because this is when permanent teeth are developing under the gums. Once the teeth erupt through the gums and are in the mouth, they can no longer develop fluorosis. Don't give children Fluoride toothpaste until they can spit. ...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