It's not uncommon for our teeth to get stained and yellow in time due to our lifestyle choices. But, when it comes to our kids, we expect their tiny pearly whites to be, well, white.
So, if you notice that your little one's teeth are a bit yellow, you may wonder if it's normal or a sign of concern.
Here's what you need to know.
When permanent teeth start erupting, you may notice a difference in color. Permanent teeth might look yellower than baby teeth, but there is no need to worry as it is completely natural. Permanent teeth have more dentin, which is the yellowish layer just under the enamel. Enamel is also thinner in permanent teeth than in baby teeth.
If your child does not have their teeth properly cleaned, the bacteria in their mouth can cause plaque and tartar. Over time, this plaque can build up, giving the teeth a yellowish color. If your child has plaque and tartar, their teeth can get cavities too. Check with your child’s dentist to make sure their teeth are healthy.
It can also be that your child’s teeth have a thin layer of enamel. Enamel is whiter than the dentin underneath it, and if this is thin or weak, your child’s teeth may look more yellow. A thin enamel shows more of the dentin below it, which will give the teeth a more yellow aspect.
Antibiotics such as Tetracycline can cause your teeth to stain when they are taken by women that are pregnant. It also affects children under the age of 12. This is a more uncommon cause, but it can be of value knowing this information.
If you notice your child is having yellow teeth and this concerns you, it is better to check with a pediatric dentist and make sure your child develops healthy, strong teeth. Even if it is about baby teeth, they play an important role in how permanent teeth grow and how healthy they are.
You can also bring your child to Pediatric Dental World.
We have four certified and dedicated pediatric dentists and a friendly and welcoming office that will make your child feel safe.
We understand very well that each child is unique and has unique needs, and we will try our best to accommodate their needs.
Whatever your child may need when it comes to dental care, you can count on us to have the problem fixed quickly and in a very friendly and safe manner.
You can either call us or schedule an appointment online. We are excited to meet you and your child and help them get a beautiful and long-lasting smile.