Common Dental Concerns: Fluorosis

In recent years, a growing number of people have found themselves suffering from a dental health condition known as fluorosis. In point of fact, you may not even have heard of fluorosis let alone have any appreciation of what fluorosis is all about.


In this article, you will be provided with some basic, elementary information about fluorosis and why it can be a problem for you and your teeth.

What is Fluorosis?

Fluorosis is a condition that arises when a person encounters prolonged exposure to excessive amount of fluoride. With more and more fluoride being found in dental care products as well as in municipal water supplies, fluorosis actually has become a growing concert amongst dental care professionals in the 21 st century.

How Do I Get Fluorosis?

Of course, a commonly asked question is how can a person get fluorosis. Indeed, when a person hears about fluorosis, he or she oftentimes wonders if a person can get fluorosis by drinking water with fluoride in it.


In point of fact, if you do drink "normal amounts" of water with fluoride in it, you will not get fluorosis. However, and with that said, if a person gorges his or her self on a great deal of water with fluoride in it, over time the condition of fluorosis can develop.



This does not mean that you should stop using water with fluoride in it. Rather, as with all things in life, moderation is important.


In this day and age, people are also getting fluorosis by overusing dental care products that contain fluoride. They assume that if a little bit of something is good, a whole lot of it is marvelous. This is not necessarily the case when it comes to the use of dental products that contain fluoride. Rather, it is important that you follow the usage and dosage instructions that are contained on the labels of different dental care products that do contain fluoride.

What Does Fluorosis Do?

In technical terms, fluorosis causes the enamel on teeth to molt. By this it is meant that the enamel on teeth is damaged because of excessive fluoride. This can lead to serious dental health problems which can even result in the loss of teeth over time.


Please keep well in mind that this article cannot take the place of obtaining professional dental care advice from a licensed dentist. This article has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a dental care consultation. This article is only intended to give you an overview of the problems of and associated with fluorosis. You must keep in mind that fluorosis is a serious dental health problem. Therefore, it is necessary that you use products that contain fluoride in an appropriate manner.


If you have any concerns about your dental health, including about plaque and tartar, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.




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