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What is fluorosis?

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Fluorosis is a condition that affects how your teeth look. It’s caused by too much fluoride during the first 8 years of life, when most permanent teeth are being formed. Most cases are mild.

Teeth affected by fluorosis may look a bit discolored or have lacy white markings that only dentists can see. More severe cases have stains ranging from yellow to dark brown, surface irregularities, or pits that are very obvious.

Fluorosis affects nearly one in every four Americans ages 6-49, mostly ages 12-15. Since the mid-1980s, it's been happening more.

From: Fluorosis Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Enamel Fluorosis.”

Reuters Health: “U.S. Lowers Limits for Fluoride in Water.”

KidsHealth.org: “Fluoride and Water.” 

CDC: “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004”

SimpleStepstoBetterDentalHealth.com: “Fluorosis.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “The Story of Fluoridation.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Enamel Fluorosis.”

Reuters Health: “U.S. Lowers Limits for Fluoride in Water.”

KidsHealth.org: “Fluoride and Water.” 

CDC: “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004”

SimpleStepstoBetterDentalHealth.com: “Fluorosis.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “The Story of Fluoridation.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 07, 2019

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