- Do you have white spots on your teeth?
- It could be dental fluorosis.
- Why is this happening?
- Continue reading to learn more
Who does not like white teeth? Well, we all like it when our teeth are white and our smile is as perfect as it can be. But sometimes we get some white spots on our teeth that are different from natural white. White spots on the teeth could be a sign of a problem. One of the causes of this discoloration could be tooth fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic disorder caused by overexposure of fluoride during the first 8 years of your life. They discolor your teeth, which sometimes only your dentist can notice.
Symptoms of Dental Fluorosis
Dental fluorosis is more of a cosmetic problem than an actual dental disease. However, it does introduce some changes to your teeth, including:
- Mild enamel changes that only a dentist may notice
- White or brown discoloration or gray spots on the enamel
- Irregularities on the tooth surface
Causes for gum disease dental fluorosis
- Inappropriate use of fluoride-containing products such as toothpaste
- intake of fluoride supplements
- tobacco consumption
- fluoridated drinks
- fluoride-rich foods such as tea, gelatin, fluoridated salt and many more  high fat diet  Calcium deficiency may also lead to the development of dental fluorosis
- Certain medications
Tooth fluorosis can be prevented by restricting fluoride intake. This reduces the impact to a minimum. You can do this as follows:
- Use alternative water resources such as surface water, rainwater, and groundwater. Just make sure you drink safe water.
- Remove excess fluoride from drinking water.
- Improve your eating habits by including calcium-rich foods, vitamin C, antioxidants, and iron.
- Breast milk contains little fluoride, so breastfeeding can be helpful for children.
- Avoid high-sugar foods and drinks that are acidic
Estimated duration of dental fluorosis
The stains and stains left by fluorosis are permanent and may darken over time.
Read also: How to Keep Mouth and Teeth Healthy
Fluorosis is not a dental problem; it only affects the appearance of your teeth. This is not a serious condition and does not always require treatment as this usually occurs only on the back teeth. In cases where the white patches appear on the front teeth, only areas of discolored areas are removed by whitening or other procedures.
In severe cases of tooth fluorosis, the teeth can be covered with crowns or veneers.
Because tooth fluorosis affects only the appearance of your teeth, it does not cause tooth decay or other dental problems.
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