Fluorosis is a condition that occurs when an overexposure of fluoride in the water causes yellow or brown spotting on the teeth. This primarily happens through the first eight years of life when permanent teeth are forming. The medical condition affects about one in four Americans aged 6-49.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in water. However, the concern that children were receiving too much fluoride caused the Health and Human Services Department to lower the limit of fluoride allowed in drinking water in 2011. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the limit to determine if the level should be lowered even further.
The symptoms of fluorosis may range from tiny white specs on the teeth to dark brown stains and rough or cratered enamel. This frequently only occurs on the back teeth, making it difficult to catch early on. Treatments of fluorosis include:
- Tooth whitening
- Bonding the enamel
- Crowns and veneers
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