Most children have very white teeth because our baby teeth are more calcified than our permanent teeth, and because they haven’t been exposed to decades of foods and drink that can stain teeth. That being said, some children do suffer from primary teeth discoloration. So what could be causing this discoloration, and is it serious? We answer those questions and more below.
Yellow Baby Teeth
Your child’s baby teeth can become discolored or yellow for a number of different reasons, including:
- Poor Brushing Habits – If your kids aren’t properly brushing their teeth on a regular basis, plaque can develop and this bacteria can lead to teeth discoloration.
- Medications – If your child is taking medications containing iron, or if the mother was taking certain medications during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it can lead to primary teeth discoloration.
- Trauma – Discoloration of one tooth could be the end result of bleeding inside the tooth due to trauma.
- Weakened Enamel – Genetics can contribute to poor enamel formation and in turn, primary teeth discoloration.
- Too Much Fluoride – Fluoride is present in our tap water, and if you regularly mix baby formula with tap water, there’s a chance that your child’s primary teeth may develop faint white streaks known as fluorosis.
- Infant Illness – Some children born with too much bilirubin in their blood may eventually develop primary teeth with a discolored hue.
If you have concerns about your child’s discolored teeth, bring them up to their dentist. As you can see, a lot of the above causes are uncontrollable, so there’s not much you can do. However, if the discoloration is caused by poor dental hygiene, then there’s a lot of things you can try.
Steps to Take
For starters, work with your child to ensure they are brushing their teeth twice a day, and limit the amount of sugar and juice they are consuming, as these can break down tooth enamel. Also, be sure that your child is visiting the dentist for their semi-annual checkups, as they can usually catch problems in their infancy. Discolored primary teeth aren’t usually a big concern, but it’s worth monitoring and addressing if dental hygiene is to blame.
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