Dental Fluorosis Example 1Dental fluorosis is an irreversible condition caused by excessive ingestion of fluoride during the tooth forming years. It is the first visible sign that a child has been overexposed to fluoride. Fluoride causes dental fluorosis by impairing the enamel forming cells called ameloblasts. Damage to these cells results in decreased mineralization and malformation of the enamel, which looks like white or brown spots on the teeth.

Dental FluorosisMore alarming than the cosmetic consequences of dental fluorosis are the health effects of fluoride ingestion. Dr. Hardy Limeback, former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research and Head of Preventative Dentistry at the University of Toronto, pointed out, “it is illogical to assume that tooth enamel is the only tissue affected by low daily doses of fluoride ingestion.”

The only treatment for dental fluorosis is to cover up the discolored enamel with white, composite fillings or in extreme cases porcelain veneers.

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