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Fluorosis is a condition that is characterized by white or even brown spots of streaks on the teeth. These streaks are harmless and are caused by an overexposure to fluoride. Fluorosis only affects teeth that have not yet erupted.

Remember that fluorosis is not a threat to your child’s health. The problem is a cosmetic one, and can easily be fixed by our dentist, Dr. Steven Pooley. Often, the signs of fluorosis may not even be obvious to anyone but your dentist, and if it occurs on the back teeth, no treatment may be needed.

To prevent fluorosis in adult teeth, use a pea sized drop of toothpaste on your child’s toothbrush if they are under the age of six. You should not let them swallow the toothpaste. If your child uses a fluoride toothpaste and the drinking water in your area is fluoridated, your child is probably getting enough.

If you are concerned about your child’s fluoride intake, you should talk to the dentist, since he is the best person to evaluate your child’s teeth and to decide if changes need to be made. If you live in the Loves Park, Illinois, area and would like to make an appointment for your child at Pooley Dentistry, call 815-968-5434 today to plan your visit.