fluorosis

noun
fluo·​ro·​sis | \ flu̇-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce fluorosis (audio) , flȯ-\

Definition of fluorosis

: an abnormal condition (such as mottling of the teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds

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Other Words from fluorosis

fluorotic \ flu̇-​ˈrä-​tik How to pronounce fluorotic (audio) , flȯ-​ \ adjective

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Veneers can fix a number of dental issues including chipping, staining, old restorations and fillings, an uneven or narrow smile, spacing problems, crowding, a poor bite and even internal staining from antibiotics or fluorosis. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 While fluorosis only really occurs in young children with developing teeth, cutting down your own usage could also make that tube last longer. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 However, overdoing it on the fluoride at an early age can also cause a condition called dental fluorosis, or when the teeth undermineralize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Your Kids Are Probably Using Too Much Toothpaste, And It’s Hurting Their Teeth," 6 Feb. 2019 Too much fluoride can also cause discoloration and pitting, a condition known as dental fluorosis, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste and It's Actually a Problem," 5 Feb. 2019 Dental fluorosis can vary in severity from mild tooth discoloration to severe staining, enamel erosion and pitting. OregonLive.com, "Fluoride in water: When it helps vs. when it harms," 14 Dec. 2017 In worst case scenarios, skeletal fluorosis can lead to crippling deformities of the spine and joints. OregonLive.com, "Fluoride in water: When it helps vs. when it harms," 14 Dec. 2017 Chronic excessive intake of fluoride can lead to discoloration of teeth and skeletal fluorosis, a condition that results in extreme joint and skeletal pain. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fluorosis

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fluorosis

New Latin

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fluorosis

noun
flu·​o·​ro·​sis | \ ˌflu̇(-ə)r-ˈō-səs How to pronounce fluorosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of fluorosis

: an abnormal condition (as mottled enamel of human teeth) caused by fluorine or its compounds

Other Words from fluorosis

fluorotic \ -​ˈät-​ik How to pronounce fluorotic (audio) \ adjective

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