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Dental Fluorosis

What Is Dental Fluorosis?

Dental fluorosis is an effect that can occur on the protective area of your teeth (enamel) during the early development stages. It happens if the teeth are exposed to high doses of fluoride.

Who Can Be Effected?

This issue mainly happens during the very early stages of child development, from 3 months to 8 years old. In the majority of cases, it will be very minimal effects and it will barely be noticeable, with tiny specks or white streaks on the teeth that are affected.

In the most severe cases, teeth can become uneven, rough and even have brown marking discolouration.

If you have suffered from fluorisis as a child, the stains and spots can darken over time and will be permanent. However, we do offer cosmetic treatments that can be used to improve the staining, making it look more aesthetically pleasing.

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How To Prevent Fluorosis

The most important steps to take is to limit your child intake of fluoride at a young age, and ensure to carefully read labels of foods, mouthwash and toothpaste to ensure they have low levels.

What Has Fluoride In It?

Fluoride can be found in a number of sources, which is why it is very important to be aware of where it can be found:

  • Some mouthwashes (check the ingredients to be sure)
  • Foods (a lot of processed and soy foods)
  • Water (depending on where you live, more fluoride will be found in the water – less developed countries tend to have higher amounts)

The early stages of a child’s development is very important to ensure there teeth grow naturally and healthily. During this stage it is important for your child to attend regular check ups with the dentist so warning signs can be spotted early on.

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If you are unhappy with your teeth and have suffered from dental fluorosis please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

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