Tag: Cosmetic Damage
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“Mild” Dental Fluorosis: Perceptions & Psychological Impact
The vast majority of research has found that patients, parents, and the general public alike view mild fluorosis (TF score 3) as a significant blemish of the teeth, one that is likely to embarrass the affected child to a degree that cosmetic treatment would be warranted.
Severe Dental Fluorosis & “Psychosocial Suffering”
SUMMARY: Severe dental fluorosis is endemic in some rural areas of Brazil. This paper describes the psychosocial consequences of this condition and how it has affected the self-esteem of adolescents and young people in a rural area in Brazil. Semi-structured, face-to-face interviews were carried out with 23 adolescents and young people affected by severe dental […]
Severe Dental Fluorosis: Perception and Psychological Impact
In its severe forms, dental fluorosis causes highly disfiguring brown and black staining of the teeth, which can cause chronic embarrassment and social anxiety for the impacted child. In 1984, a panel from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) warned that severe dental fluorosis would place a child at risk of psychological problems due to the “loss […]
Moderate/Severe Dental Fluorosis
In its “moderate” and severe forms, fluoride causes a marked increase in the porosity of the enamel. After eruption into mouth, the porous enamel of moderate to severe fluorosis readily takes up stain, creating permanent brown and black discolorations of the teeth. In addition to extensive staining, teeth with moderate to severe fluorosis are more prone to attrition and wear – leading to pitting, chipping, and decay.
Dental Fluorosis: The “Cosmetic” Factor
Any condition that can cause children to be embarrassed about their physical appearance can have significant consequences on their self-esteem and confidence. Researchers have repeatedly found that “physical appearance [is] the best predictor of self-esteem” in adolescents, (Harter 2000) and that facial attractiveness, particularly the appearance of one’s teeth, is a key component of one’s physical […]
The toxic toothpaste
Like most parents, Beverly Cooke encouraged her daughter Alysia to use fluoride toothpaste. At nine, Alysia started to have leg pains, flu-like symptoms and constant headaches. Her condition mystified specialists until a doctor at an orthopaedic clinic noticed her teeth were mottled brown. He suspected dental fluorosis, a condition caused by over-exposure to fluoride that can cause crumbling of the enamel and permanent damage to teeth.
Colgate pays out for teeth ruined by fluoride
A leading toothpaste manufacturer has paid £1,000 to s child whose teeth appear to have been damaged by fluoride. In what is to believe is the first such case, Colgate-Palmolive made a “goodwill” payment after an independent specialist diagnosed the boy as suffering from a condition lined with fluoride.