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Fluoride in Aurora, CO and Your Teeth: What’s the Connection?

January 23, 2014

Shutterstock Teeth MirrorWhen it comes to building and maintaining a healthy smile, you want to know that you’re making all the right choices for yourself and your family. That’s why at D’Amico and Mauck, DDS in Aurora, CO, we offer you all the information you need to do just that.

What Does Fluoride Do?

Research conducted over the past few years has concluded that fluoride not only reinforces thin tooth enamel, but actually helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the enamel’s surface. Fluoride makes it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the teeth, thereby making it easier to remove buildup when brushing and flossing.

Despite its obvious benefits, you may have heard that fluoride can stain your teeth. Fluorosis, a cosmetic condition characterized by white spots that form on the visible surface of the teeth, is caused by excessive exposure to fluoride while the teeth are still forming. It does not occur after teeth have erupted from the gums.

Because all secondary, or permanent, teeth have formed within the jaw by the age of approximately 8 years old, children who drink fluoridated water or take fluoride supplements may experience white spotting after these teeth erupt.

Can Fluorosis be Treated?

If you or your child have noticed white or dark spots on teeth and you’re concerned about their appearance, contact our Aurora office today to speak with one of our experts about your options.

While fluorosis is not harmful to the teeth themselves, the aesthetic difference leads some patients to pursue cosmetic correction. Drs. D’Amico and Mauck can help you regain your pristine smile with a variety of treatments, including professional whitening or bonding and the addition of veneers or crowns. Our dentists and friendly office staff serve patients from everywhere in Denver, including Centennial, Aurora, Englewood, Boulder and more. Call our office today to schedule your appointment. 

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