Fluorosis is a disorder brought about by consuming too much fluoride at a young age, usually between the ages of around 3 months and 8 years. Overexposure to fluoride during this period causes the development of fluorosis in teeth that aren’t yet fully visible in the mouth.
We consume fluoride from a variety of sources. Most of the UK’s water supplies are already mildly fluoridated, and most modern brands of toothpaste contain fluoride. Fluoride supplements are also available for people concerned that they might be fluoride deficient. Children should avoid swallowing fluoridated toothpaste, and you should check with your dentist before giving your children any supplements, or taking any yourself.
Fluorosis causes white, yellow and brown spots to appear on the enamel of our teeth, sometimes darkening with age. Primarily a cosmetic problem, fluorosis often bothers a lot of people who are concerned that the discolouration looks unsightly and unattractive. This might be the case if your fluorosis is present on front teeth, such as your incisors. Sometimes, cases of fluorosis are only really visible to your dentist.
Dentists can treat fluorosis through various methods, including tooth bleaching and microabrasion, both of which are commonly used to deal with mild staining. Porcelain veneers are also a popular treatment when the case of fluorosis is more serious.
Fluorosis is not as serious a matter as many others simply because it doesn’t really pose a risk to our health. However, it can have serious effects on self-esteem and confidence. If you feel that your fluorosis is affecting you, don’t hesitate to ask your London dentist about it – the solution is just around the corner.
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