PDF: Factors associated with Dental Fluorosis

With the decreasing incidence of dental caries in Brazil since the 1980s, attention has been paid to the control of fluoride content and the quantity of ingested fluorides.

The latter has been associated with the increase in prevalence of dental fluorosis in regions with and without public water supply fluoridation.

Dental fluorosis often occurs at mild levels without greatly affecting dental esthetics or function, but the control of fluoride ingestion is considered important for the prevention of oral health problems in the general population.

Thus, oral health professionals should orient their communities to the correct use of fluorides in several presentations.

Dental fluorosis is a signal of chronic fluoride intoxication during dental formation, and children are at risk to develop the disease from birth until 6-8 years of age.