Fluorosis Treatment Cheltenham
Fluoride is a mineral that protects the tooth enamel by combining with the minerals in our teeth to form stronger, more acid-resistant enamel.
Systemic fluoride works when teeth are developing in childhood and is ingested in food and fluoridated water, also in supplements prescribed by your Cheltenham dentist.
Topical fluoride is found in fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes, working to protect your teeth from the outside.
Despite the benefits of fluoride, overexposure as a baby and child can lead to fluorosis, which changes the look of the teeth, including causing white spots on teeth and/or mottled teeth.
Causes of Fluorosis
A main cause of fluorosis is the incorrect use of fluoride-containing dental products such as toothpaste and mouth rinses.
Sometimes, children enjoy the taste of toothpaste so much that they swallow instead of spitting it out.
Other causes of fluorosis…
For example, taking higher-than-prescribed amounts of fluoride supplements during early childhood can cause it.
So as taking a fluoride supplement when fluoridated drinking water or fluoride-fortified fruit juices and softdrinks already provide the right amount.
Symptoms of Fluorosis
In general, teeth will be smooth, glossy and creamy white in appearance.
The severity of fluorosis depends widely, from mild to severe, but common fluorosis symptoms include:
- White spots on teeth
- Black spots on teeth
- White streaks on teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Mottled teeth
- Pitted teeth
Treatment for Fluorosis
In mild fluorosis, no treatment is required.
In more severe cases, there are several treatment options aimed at improving the appearance of the affected teeth.
Fluorosis treatment options may include:
Fluorosis Treatment in Cheltenham
Most fluorosis cases are mild, not painful, and don’t cause any permanent damage to a child’s teeth.
For severe fluorosis, it can usually be treated through a number of cosmetic dentistry techniques such as whitening or veneers.
Parents can help prevent fluorosis by supervising children, especially toddlers, while they brush their teeth and make sure children start having regular dental check-ups by the time they’re a year old.
Visit your dentist in Cheltenham to know more about your oral health condition and what we can do to improve it.
We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.