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Fluorosis may sound like a scary word, but you should be aware that it is not a disease, and that it does not have any adverse health effects on a child’s teeth. Fluorosis appears as very faint lines or streaks on your child’s teeth. It is cosmetic issue and not a health issue.

How does fluorosis develop? It is caused by too much fluoride. That may sound odd, since fluoride is such a vital mineral to the health of your teeth, but when children are young, they can have too much of a good thing. When younger children get too much fluoride while their teeth are developing under the gums, fluorosis can set in. Until a child is eight years old, their permanent teeth are still developing and an excess amount of fluoride during those years can lead to fluorosis. If your child is using a fluoride toothpaste, and your city adds fluoride to the water supply, you should talk with your dentist.

Again, it is important to stress that fluorosis will not cause any health problems for your child, and it will not weaken your child’s teeth. While it is permanent, the stains can be addressed later in life, and in many instances, the appearance of fluorosis is not even noticeable.

Fluoride is extremely beneficial to your teeth, but like a medication or supplement, it’s best used after you consult your dentist. Your dentist will know how much fluoride your child needs, and the best sources of it for her.

If you have questions about how much fluoride your child needs, Dr. Joseph Tagliarini at Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut, will be happy to examine your child to find out if she is getting enough fluoride, and make a recommendation for her. Call us today at 203-624-5515 to schedule an appointment for your child.