At least 60 % people in India suffer from dental fluorosis. The Government's India Review on water fluoridation showed that about THREE QUARTERS people have dental fluorosis which is "of concern".
No studies have ever been done on the psychological damage caused by fluorosed (stained) teeth. A 1998 survey showed that people with defective teeth are more likely to experience social and employment discrimination. Half of the respondents saw unattractive teeth as a sign of poor personal hygiene.
International scientists concur that dental fluorosis is a FORESEEABLE event from fluoridating drinking water, and the victims are at increased risk for psychological and behavioural problems and difficulties. This can be the subject of litigation against those who promote and implement water fluoridation.
While fluoride is very beneficial to the protection of the teeth to prevent cavities, overexposure to fluoride can lead to a cosmetic condition known as fluorosis.
For those who have very mild fluorosis, no treatment is often needed. However, when the condition is more severe, there are a few cosmetic services that can be used to mask the discoloration. Among the most common treatment involves professional teeth whitening to remove surface stains. In addition, dental bonding can be used to coat the surface of the teeth.
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