When a child receives too much fluoride in his or her first eight years, his or her permanent teeth can come in with a condition known as fluorosis. This is a largely cosmetic problem, but it can adversely affect the self-esteem of a child. Symptoms include the following:
- Discoloration in the teeth, ranging from faint white stains to dark brown.
- Irregularities on the tooth’s surface.
- Severe and highly noticeable pitting.
Fluorosis affects roughly a quarter of Americans. Fortunately, it can be easy to prevent the condition, and there are many options available for people with serious symptoms. Consult our Federal Way dentistry clinic to learn more.