mottled enamel


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mottled enamel

n.
Discolored and spotted tooth enamel caused by excessive amounts of fluorides in drinking water.
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fluo•ro•sis

(flʊˈroʊ sɪs, flɔ-, floʊ-)

n.
1. an abnormal condition caused by excessive intake of fluorides, characterized in children by discoloration and pitting of the teeth and in adults by pathological bone changes.
2. Also called mottled enamel. the changes in tooth enamel symptomatic of fluorosis.
[1925–30]
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Generally hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are practiced to lighten the dark teeth, and to treat the cases of mottled enamel, dental flourosis, tetracycline stained teeth as well as for other external and internal stains7,8.
He called the stains mottled enamel. In 1931, the element fluoride was identified as the "mysterious factor" responsible for mottled enamel.
It was discovered in 1930 that the severity and prevalence of this type of mottled enamel was in direct proportion to amount of fluoride in water [21].