What is Fluorosis?
Most dental hygiene products, whether toothpaste or mouthwash contain Fluoride because of its ability to help protect teeth. It is even added to drinking water. Since the introduction of fluoride into our dental hygiene products and water there has been a reduction of tooth problems. However it is possible to have too much fluoride and the result is Fluorosis.
Fluorosis, a coating or layer on the teeth does not affect the health of your teeth so much as the appearance. Therefore to get rid of fluorosis most treatments target getting rid of or masking the stain.
How To Get Rid of Minor Cases of Fluorosis and Fluprosis Prevention
- Proper dental hygiene. Follow the guidelines of your dentist but most recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes after every meal
- Make sure to rinse properly and not to swallow your toothpaste or mouthwash. This is especially important for children who might try eating the toothpaste.
- Avoid drinking water that contains fluororide in it. You can contact or research your local water suppliers. You can also buy bottled spring or mineral water but be sure to check the label to see if it contains fluoride.
- Buy non fluoride containing dental products
- Home whitening treatment such as sprays, strips or gels
- Drink carbonated soft drinks and artificially-flavored juices in moderation. Fluoridation can often be used in the manufacture of carbonated beverages and artificially-flavored drinks. Try to regulate your consumption of these types of drinks. It’s best for children to stick with natural, fresh-squeezed juices..
Remember that fluorosis is a cosmetic rather than a tooth health problem so do not sacrifice the health of your teeth by avoiding brushing them. Proper dental hygiene is important for the sake of your teeth and to get rid of fluorosis as well.
How To Get Rid of Most Cases of Fluorosis
For most cases of fluorosis ask your dentist for the treatments that they have available. You dentist may use a combination of the treatments below:
- Veneers are used to cover or restore the surface of damaged teeth, and are especially useful for severe cases of fluorosis. Most veneers are made from resin or composite material, and some veneers may be made from porcelain or ceramic. The veneer is bonded by a dentist to the surface of a tooth damaged by fluorosis.
- Crowning and extraction. In very severe cases of fluorosis, a dentist may need to clean out the damaged parts of the tooth and replace it with a ceramic or resin crown. In extreme cases, though, a doctor may need to extract the tooth to completely stall the progression of fluorosis into the pulp.
- Whitening. You do not have to do home whitening. Your dentist may use micro abrasion or tooth bleaching. Cosmetic whitening is a treatment often used for less-severe cases of fluorosis. Whitening can be performed by the dentist, or you can use home treatments like sprays or gels.