Are you or your child suffering from dental fluorosis? Dental fluorosis is a cosmetic condition caused by overexposure to fluoride. In most cases it leaves ones teeth stained with yellow to dark brown coloring. Dental fluorosis can affect anyone from ages 2 to 49, but is prevalent in ages 12 to 15. The common causes are from drinking fluoridated drinking water, fluoride based toothpaste, and processed foods made with fluoridated water. Continue reading to learn of ways to treat and prevent dental fluorosis.
Cut caffeine: If you are having problems with teeth stains, then start by cutting out black tea, coffee, red wine and dark sodas. The high content of caffeine in these products could possibly cause the unwanted discoloration. Some people believe that if you drink these listed items through a straw then you will not get dental fluorosis, but this is untrue. The liquid still makes contact with your teeth once it is entered into the mouth; therefore, causing staining. You can switch out these products for green tea, decaffeinated coffee, white wine and light colored sodas.
Cut fluoride: Make sure to stop drinking water with high fluoride contents. You can opt for bottle water or get a filter for your tap faucet. Also, do not buy toothpaste with fluoride in it. Buy more organic foods to cut out processed foods which can be made with fluorinated water
Baking soda: Baking soda is no longer used just for baking anymore; it can be used to whiten teeth. You can either purchase toothpaste with baking soda incorporated in or you can formulate your own. If you decide to make your own, then mix 1 teaspoon of your non-fluoride toothpaste and mix it with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then place it on your toothbrush and brush as you normally would. Another way to use baking soda is to pour 1 tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. It should form a past and place it on the toothbrush for teeth cleaning. There have been several cases where utilizing baking soda has made teeth significantly whiter. Repeat this until desired outcome is met.
Hydrogen peroxide 3%: You can take 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide 3% and 2 teaspoons of water and mix it thoroughly together in a cup. Swish it in your mouth for no more than 1 minute. It will become foamy which is standard. Then spit out and rinse mouth with water. Repeat this process daily until improvements prevail. Make sure that the peroxide is 3% due to accidental consumption purposes.
Food Intake: Certain fruits and vegetables are really good for your teeth. Some of the most common fruits to eat for teeth are carrots, celery, and apples. These are high in Vitamin C which kills bacteria and they produce more saliva which helps to remove plague. Some foods to avoid are anything acidic like tomato sauces, pickles, balsamic vinegar and oranges. Even soy sauce has been proven to turn teeth coloration.
Additional information: If your children are swallowing toothpaste or drinking the tap water while they are brushing, this could be the cause of overexposure to fluoride. Monitor them while they are brushing their teeth to ensure they are doing this task properly. If you have mild dental fluorosis, then you can use the listed home remedies to prevent further damage and whiten teeth. If you have severe dental fluorosis, then you can try some of the recommendations, but you may need further assistance from a dentist.
- Brush teeth twice a day, three times if highly desired
- Floss after each brushing
- Use mouthwash twice a day after brushing
- Keep scheduled dentist appointments
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