Fluoride is a natural mineral which is found in many things, such as toothpaste, water, fish and teas. However the amount of fluoride that is in your water depends on where you live, as some water companies add more to their water than others. They do this because fluoride helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Dental Fluorosis takes place when the enamel, the protective part of your teeth, is exposed to high doses of fluoride during the tooth development process. This can result in uneven or discoloured teeth, that looks badly stained.
It is quite hard to prevent dental fluorosis from happening, but not impossible. The reason dental fluorosis occurs is because, children are exposed to very high levels of fluoride, in their everyday lives. Parents will just need to monitor the amount of fluoride their children are getting, by reading labels very carefully on toothpaste packaging and on food and drinks packaging.
There are a number of things that contain fluoride such as:
Mouthwashes – Make sure you read the label to monitor how much fluoride your child is getting.
Foods – Processed foods contain a lot of fluoride so be sure to check the packaging to know how much fluoride your child is getting. Also a lot of soy foods contain high amounts of fluoride.
Water – Depending on where you live the levels of fluoride will change, less developed areas or countries will be higher in fluoride.
If you are worried about your children suffering from dental fluorosis, and would like advice or have suffered from dental fluorosis and would like some information on where to go from here, then please book a free consultation, with one of our dental professionals who can discuss the options available to you.