Dental fluorosis is a condition that results from excessive intake of fluoride during the years of tooth formation, generally between birth and the ages of six to eight years old.
Excessive intake of fluoride can disturb the cells that are responsible for enamel formation function. These cells, called ameloblasts, do not produce enamel properly in presence of fluoride, and the effect is irreversible.
Appearance of dental fluorosis
Dental fluorosis manifests itself as small whitish stains, going as far as a brownish discolouration of the teeth.
Fluorosis on teeth is mainly a cosmetic problem and does not increase the risk of cavities.
Treatments to mask dental fluorosis
- Composite fillings to hide dental fluorosis if it is light or moderate.
- Porcelain veneers for more severe cases.
The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.
The masculine gender may have been more used in the article, but without prejudice, to make reading easier.
Category dental problems
- Broken fillings
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
- Canker sore (aphthous ulcer)
- Cavity (tooth decay)
- Cold sore (herpes labialis)
- Dental abscess
- Dental plaque
- Denture Irritations and Infections
- Denture stomatitis (prosthetic stomatitis)
- Dry socket
- Fluorosis (dental)
- Gingival hyperplasia
- Gingival pocket
- Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
- Gum recession
- Halitosis (Bad Breath)
- Hyperdontia (supernumerary teeth)
- Impacted tooth (tooth impaction)
- Lichen planus
- Malocclusion (Misaligned Teeth)
- Micrognathia (micrognathism)
- Oral cancers
- Oral candidiasis
- Periodontal pocket
- Prognathia (prognatism)
- Retrognathia (retrognatism)
- Sleep apnea
- Tartar (Calculus)
- TMD (Pain and Cracking of the Jaw)
- Tooth Discolouration
- Tooth sensitivity (sensitive teeth)
- Ulcers and canker sores
- Xerostomia (Dry Mouth)