Tooth discolouration due to Tetracyclines or Fluorosis
September 21, 2022
Alterations can occur during tooth formation, which leads to a change in tooth colour. Two typical types of discolourations appear as a result of the use of Tetracyclines (type of antibiotic) or excess intake of fluoride during tooth formation.

Author:

Ina Alberts
Alterations can occur during tooth formation that leads to a change in toothcolor. Two typical types of discolorations appear as a result of the use of Tetracyclines (type of antibiotic) or excess intake of fluoride during tooth formation.

Tetracycline staining

Tetracyclines are incorporated into the tooth structure, giving rise to a brown or grey stain that can pigment both dentin and enamel.

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Fluorosis

An excessively high intake of fluoride can give rise to dental fluorosis. Teeth appear with small matt white spots or even larger brown stains. The quality of enamel can also be affected, leading to a rough surface appearance or pit formation. This is often seen in areas where high concentrations of fluoride are found in drinking water.

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