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What to Do When Your Child Has Incredibly Stained Teeth

Anything that affects the enamel and dentin of your child’s teeth can also affect their color. However, if you don’t know the common causes behind brown, yellow, orange or even blue-gray teeth, you might feel a little at sea when it comes to treating them. Here are just a few steps to take if you notice your child’s teeth becoming stained.

Change Their Toothpaste

Yellow teeth are usually a sign of poor oral hygiene, especially if your child drinks a lot of soda or consumes a lot of junk food. If they aren’t brushing and flossing twice a day, their teeth are probably collecting plaque that forms off-color stains. The easiest way to counter this is with a toothpaste that contains whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide and magnesium carbonate. You should be able to find child-friendly whitening products in your local grocery store.

Check Their Gums and Tongue

If your child is experiencing mouth pain in addition to their discolored teeth, it might be something deeper than just cavities or chocolate stains. Gingivitis can strike at any age, and its onset is often marked by off-white teeth and red, puffy gums. Sores inside the mouth can be symptoms of celiac disease along with dark spots on the teeth. Even infants can suffer “bottle decay” and develop brown films on their teeth with bleeding gums.

Talk to a Pediatric Dentist

A good pediatric dentist, such as one from Valley Oak Dental Group Inc, will be able to tell you if your child’s teeth are stained because of illness, infection or bad brushing habits. They’ll also be able to recommend your next course of action. It might be a scrubbing or whitening procedure, or it might be simply waiting for the baby teeth to fall out on their own, especially if they’re already wobbly. Just make sure that you’re taking advice from a pediatric dentist who specializes in the treatment of children.

Do Some Research

There are many causes of stained and discolored teeth, including a few surprising ones. For example, expectant mothers who were given certain kinds of medication may have babies who are susceptible to dark spots on their teeth. Studies have been done on tetracycline antibiotics that suggest they can cause blue-gray discoloration. Even a hard tumble from the monkey bars can result in nerve tissue damage that brings spotty tooth stains.

These are just a few steps to take when your child is suffering from discolored teeth. If left unchecked, your child may develop self-esteem issues about their smile, so it’s important to take action as soon as you notice this kind of damage.

Tim Esterdahl

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