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What is Dental Fluorosis?

Dental Fluorosis occurs when your tooth enamel (protective surface of teeth) experiences a high dosage of highly concentrated fluoride during the natural stages of tooth development.


Who does this effect?

Generally this will only occur during the early stages of tooth development, between the ages of 3 months to 8 years old. Very often when it does happen, the effects of fluorosis will be very unnoticeable and can be seen as tiny white streaks or specks on the affected teeth.
Unfortunately in more severe cases, the teeth can become rough (making it hard to clean), uneven and very discoloured with brown markings.
Patients who have suffered from fluorosis will have permanent spots and stains (which can darken over time), but we are able to treat this condition using Enlighten or kor teeth whitening.


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How can I prevent Fluorosis from happening?

Fluorosis will occur because young children have come into contact with an excessive amount of fluoride during the important development stages of their life. During this time it is important that their parents try to limit the amount of exposure their children have to fluoride.


What contains Fluoride?

Fluoride can be found in a number of sources, including:

Mouthwash (not all mouthwash – Check the ingredients)
Foods (Soy and a lot of processed food can contain Fluoride)
Water (the level of Fluoride will vary from area to area and will be higher in less developed areas/countries)

During this stage of your child’s life it is very important to try and monitor the intake of fluoride to make sure that there are no future problems with fluorosis. It is also very important to ensure you child is regularly attending their dental check ups and hygienist appointments as they will be able to identify the early stages of fluorosis.

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