mottled enamel

mot·tled enamel .mät-əld- n spotted tooth enamel typically caused by drinking water containing excessive fluorides during the time the teeth are calcifying

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hypoplasia of the dental enamel caused by drinking water with a high fluoride content during the time of tooth formation. It is characterized by defective calcification that gives a white chalky appearance to the enamel, gradually changing to a brown discoloration. Called also dental fluorosis and mottled teeth.

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  • mottled enamel — noun : a spotted condition of the enamel of teeth caused by continual use of drinking water containing excessive amounts of fluorides during the time the teeth are calcifying * * * Dentistry. fluorosis (def. 2). [1925 30] * * * mottled enamel,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mottled enamel — noun Date: 1928 spotted tooth enamel caused by drinking water containing excessive fluorides during the time the teeth are calcifying …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mottled enamel — Dentistry. fluorosis (def. 2). [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • mottled enamel — mot′tled enam′el n. den fluorosis 2) • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • enamel — The hard glistening substance covering the exposed portion of the tooth. In its mature form, it is composed of an inorganic portion made up of 90% hydroxyapatite and 6 8% calcium carbonate, calcium …   Medical dictionary

  • mottled teeth — see under enamel …   Medical dictionary

  • Tooth enamel — Labeled molar Latin enamelum Code TA …   Wikipedia

  • dental fluorosis — mottled enamel …   Medical dictionary

  • mottledenamel — mottled enamel n. Discolored and spotted tooth enamel caused by excessive amounts of fluorides in drinking water. * * * …   Universalium

  • fluorosis — 1. A condition caused by an excessive intake of fluorides (2 or more p.p.m. in drinking water), characterized mainly by mottling, staining, or hypoplasia of the enamel of the teeth, although the skeletal bones are also affected. 2. Chronic… …   Medical dictionary

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