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Prevalence of Fluorosis
Fluorosis: An abnormal condition (as mottled enamel of human teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds.
The prevalence of dental
Fluorosis: An abnormal condition (as mottled enamel of human teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds.

fluorosis has increased in the United States in recent years from 22.8% in 1986-1987 to 32% in 1999-2002.

This can be attributed to the increased availability and ingestion of multiple sources of fluoride by young children, including:

  • Foods
  • Beverages
  • Toothpaste
  • Other oral care products
  • Dietary fluoride supplements

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
some form of dental fluorosis is found in the following age groups:

  • 40% of US children ages 6-11 years 
  • 48% of 12- to 15-year-olds 
  • 42% of 16- to 19-year-olds

Although the effects of dental fluorosis are mainly aesthetic, the increased prevalence in the population mandates that health professionals be aware of all possible sources of fluoride before considering supplementation.

 
 
Fluorosis ranges in severity from mild to severe.
 
Permanent teeth are more susceptible to fluorosis than primary dentition.
 
The most susceptible age for fluorosis is between 15 and 30 months.
 
Enamel fluorosis is increasing in prevalence in the United States.
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