All About Fluoride
- The fluoride mineral helps rebuild the enamel which serves as a protective layer over your teeth.
- Fluoride is great for your teeth in small doses, however, too much fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis.
- Dental Fluorosis is a condition that most often results in the discoloration and staining.
- In severe cases, Fluorosis can cause pitting of the tooth enamel.
- Fluorosis is most commonly found in children (but cause problems to anyone who has too much fluoride)
Dental fluorosis is caused by ingesting too much fluoride while the teeth are developing and mainly occurs during the very early stages of child development, typically anywhere from 3 months to 8 years old.
Fluorosis can discolor the teeth and this can result in issues from white flecks to deep brown stains.
Often, the effects are minimal and it will barely be noticeable, with tiny specks or white streaks visible on the front surfaces of teeth. However, in more severe cases, teeth can become uneven, rough and even have brown marking discoloration. If you have suffered from fluorosis as a child, the stains and spots may darken over time and will become permanent.
Can I prevent Fluorosis?
The most important steps to take is to limit your child intake of fluoride at a young age, and ensure to carefully read labels of foods, mouthwash and toothpaste to ensure they have low levels. Fluoride has a number of sources, should check for:
- Some mouthwashes (check the ingredients)
- Foods (a lot of processed & soy foods, be careful to check labels)
- Water (depending on where you live, more fluoride will be found in the water – less developed countries tend to have higher amounts)
How is dental fluorosis treated?
At Ascent Dental Care Loughborough, we have a wide range of cosmetic procedures available to help successfully treat those who experience moderate-to-severe symptoms of dental fluorosis.
Most treatments are cosmetic and used to mask the stains.
- Teeth Whitening: Professional tooth whitening can help to remove the stains on the surface of your teeth.
- Bonding: Composite resin and bonding techniques can be used to mask staining.
- Veneers: Dental veneers are custom made porcelain covers that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to completely cover staining, pitting and discoloration
At Ascent Dental Care Loughborough we are proud to offer FREE Consultations for patients considering cosmetic treatments. Simply call our friendly team to find out how our flexible approach to your dental needs could result in the smile of your dreams.
At Ascent Dental Care Loughborough we offer all patients access to our 0% finance facility, meaning patients have choice and flexibility when it comes to financing their dental needs. Bringing you closer to a beautiful smile that is more affordable than you may think.