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Everything in Moderation (Including Fluoride)

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

While fluoride is essential for creating a healthy, thick enamel layer on teeth, if too much of it is present, especially at a key point in a child’s dental development, a condition called fluorosis can occur. This condition presents itself most commonly in children as old as nine in the form of discoloration of teeth, usually in the form of solid white spots or streaks on the teeth.

Fear not, though, the amount of fluoride required to cause this is higher than what’s normally found in drinking water and fluoridation fo water has been demonstrated to reduce the number of cavities in the community significantly. Still, the CDC estimates that twenty five percent of the population aged 6-49 have some degree of fluorosis. This demonstrates the importance of making sure your child doesn’t swallow fluoridated mouth wash or toothpaste.

Researchers have found that when enamel cells were exposed to higher than average levels of fluoride, they started behaving in a way that lead to the formation of the enamel crystals that are found in fluorosis. Exposing kidney cells to similar levels of fluoride seemed to not have a smilier impact. This research helps uncover the mechanism behind fluorosis and, armed with this knowledge, researchers might be able to better combat it in the future.

Sep
24

What Are Periodontal Pockets and Can You Keep Your Phone In One?

We’ll start off by making it clear that, no, you can’t keep anything in your periodontal pockets. In fact, the smaller they are the better. You may not notice it, but your gums are not completely attached to your teeth at the gum line. At first there’s actually a small gap between the tooth and […]

Sep
11

3 Signs Your Enamel May Be Eroding

As you may already know, enamel is the hard substance that makes up the surface of the tooth. This surface can erode if someone has an acidic mouth, grinds their teeth, or brushes too hard. But how would you even know if your teeth are eroding? Luckily there are several signs that can indicate that […]

Sep
3

What causes a gummy smile?

While a gummy smile can just be a result of having too much gums, there are a few other issues that could be going on that make a person’s smile appear gummy, such as: Improperly erupted teeth – If someone’s teeth erupt improperly, they could end up with only part of their teeth showing while […]

Aug
27

Can Dental Implants Get Diseased?

If you think that dental implants and crowns can’t get diseased, then you’d be right. Titanium implants and ceramic crowns can’t develop infections like in the same manner as regular teeth, but the bone and gums around them sure can. These diseases occur when bacteria latch onto the dental implant or base of the crown […]

Aug
19

5 Badass Dentists in History

There are some historical badasses, some of which you may have even heard of, that also happened to be dentists. We’ll start with the most famous and work our way down. Paul Revere – This Patriot that played some key roles in the American Revolution was also a dentist for a short period of time. […]

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