Fluorosis is a condition which is characterized by dark colored teeth, or white or dark colored spots on the teeth. It is found in children and young people whose teeth are still erupting and is caused by too much fluoride. In most cases, fluorosis is not even noticeable to other people, and often it will only be found by your dentist.
It’s important to remember that there are no health risks associated with fluorosis, and that it is a cosmetic issue only. If the fluorosis occurs on the back teeth, it may not need to be treated at all. Your dentist can correct any discoloration on your child’s teeth with a whitening treatment or even veneers.
Since fluorosis is caused by an overexposure to fluoride, you should remember that most people get all of the fluoride they need by using fluoridated toothpaste and drinking fluoridated water. However, the best person to evaluate your child’s fluoride needs is our dentist, Dr. Prince Arrington III. When you start brushing your child’s teeth, use the appropriate amount of toothpaste, and do not use a toothpaste containing fluoride until instructed to do so by the dentist. In fact, it is a good idea to keep all products containing fluoride in a place where your child can’t reach.
If your child is showing signs of fluorosis, or if you are concerned about your child’s fluoride level, we would love to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Beach Tree Dental Care in Boca Raton, Florida, call 561-440-4633 today.