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Fluorosis, continued
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, and 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
 
49% of 12- to 15-year-olds
 
42% of 16- to 19-year-olds

The majority of this fluorosis (38%, 45%, and 38% respectively) is questionable, very mild, or mild, and is barely noticeable by non-dental health professionals.

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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