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Can home remedies like charcoal or whitening toothpastes treat dental fluorosis?

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Cosmetic Dentistry Dental

I have dental fluorosis. I was wondering if home remedies such as using activated charcol or whitening toothpastes would help at treating it. Could any doctor give me some advice? Thank you!

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Dear Chloe,

The short answer is no.

These home or over the counter remedies are only able to remove surface stains. Most of these stains are dietary (from tea, coffee, red wine, herbal preparations etc). These types of stain-removing toothpastes are abrasive so that you can scrub off the surface stains.

The enamel defects seen in fluorosis are found under the surface and no amount of scrubbing can affect these lesions. The enamel defects are porous areas that formed during enamel development. How far inside (deep) the enamel the defects extend also varies.

At best, using a stain-removing toothpastes should not cause any major damage to your teeth. However, I would get a professional to evaluate and prescribe treatment that is suitable for your case. Various options are available, from bleaching, to resin infiltration or veneers.

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