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I think I have fluorosis. How can I tell for sure?

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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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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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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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Can you tell me how i can reverse dental fluorosis?

Can't: You live in an area where there's no Fluoride in the water supply, either natural or artificial. Mottling and discoloration may be due to reasons other than excessive fluoride. See a general dentist or a prosthodontist for restorative solutions to mask the discoloration...There's a plethora of solutions available. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about dental fluorosis and if you do?

Dental fluorosis: is a dental condition caused by overexposure to fluoride during childhood. In most cases, fluorosis is so mild that no treatment is needed. There are many dental treatments available. See a dentist for evaluation and treatment if needed. ...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 you tell me how i can reverse dental fluorosis and general sodium fluorosis?

Can you tell me how i can reverse dental fluorosis and general sodium fluorosis?

Not reversible: You can reduce the risk that your child will get dental fluorosis, however, once fluorosis occurs the changes in the hypermineralized enamel remain irreversible and treatment is limited to cosmetic procedures. ...Read more

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Can you tell me temporary ways to hide the two dark fluorosis stains on my front teeth?

Can you tell me temporary ways to hide the two dark fluorosis stains on my front teeth?

Snap on smile: There is a product out there called snap on smile. While not inexpensive, might be the answer you are looking for check out details on the internet. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fluorosis?

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?

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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