Dental fluorosis is the appearance of faint white lines, spots or streaks on the teeth that only occurs when younger children consume too much fluoride, from any source, over long periods when teeth are developing under the gums. Once teeth break through the gums, you cannot develop fluorosis.
Fluorosis isn’t a disease and doesn’t affect the health of your teeth. In most cases, the effect is so subtle that only a dentist would notice it during an examination. The type of fluorosis found in the United States has no effect on tooth function and may make the teeth more resistant to decay.
Below are four typical cases of mild fluorosis, seen in children participating in the Iowa Fluoride Study.
The chance of developing fluorosis exists until about age eight because teeth are still forming under the gums. Ultimately, getting the right amount of fluoride is best—not too much and not too little. Your dentist, pediatrician or family physician can help you determine the proper amount of fluoride for your child. Here are some things parents can do at home to help prevent fluorosis:
3-8 Year Olds:
From: ADA Mouth Healthy
Our practice offers a way to remedy fluorosis with a dental treatment called “Icon”. It infiltrates demineralized areas of teeth and removes the appearance of white spots or streaks. Contact us to see if you or your child are a candidate for the Icon dental treatment.