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Understanding the white lines on your teeth

You might be suffering from dental fluorosis if your teeth have white spots and lines. Dental fluorosis is a common problem that affects 1 in 4 Americans. Although the condition is painless and harmless, it can be uncomfortable, especially if it’s noticeable. Fortunately, Dental fluorosis can be treated and prevented.

Key takeaways:

– Dental fluorosis can only develop in childhood, during dental formation, after primary teeth, right before the permanent ones come in.

– It is mainly caused by a deficiency of minerals in the enamel as a result of excessive consumption of fluoride, mostly found in drinking water, toothpaste and mouth rinse.

– Dental fluorosis is not a disease and can be treated by cosmetic procedures such masking and professional whitening.

Protect the smile of your child by ensuring that drinking water does not have excess fluoride and regularly seeing your dentist.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.