ID#: 16248
This patient displayed streaking of his tooth enamel, which had been caused by an excessive intake of fluoride, an abnormality known as dental fluorosis. The proper amount of fluoride helps prevent, and control tooth decay in children and adults. Fluoride works both, while the teeth are developing, and every day after the teeth have emerged through the gums. Fluoride consumed during tooth development can also result in a range of visible changes to the enamel surface of the tooth. Dental fluorosis only occurs when younger children consume too much fluoride, from any source, over long periods, while teeth are developing under the gums.
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Creation Date: 1970
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