As brand-new humans, it seems logical that babies and children would have gleaming white teeth to go along with their bright eyes and soft skin. Baby teeth—also called primary teeth—generally do appear whiter than adult permanent teeth because they are more calcified. However, it is not uncommon for a child’s teeth to appear less than luminous for any number of reasons. Your Salt Lake City dental team at Natural Smiles Dentistry would like to share some causes and possible solutions for yellow, brown, and black stains on kids’ teeth.
If discoloration is caused by poor dental hygiene, brushing more thoroughly should help. Until your child learns to spit at around age three, don’t use more than a rice-sized smear of fluoride toothpaste on their toothbrush.
To decrease bad bacteria in your child’s mouth, avoid putting soft drinks, juice, formula, or other sugary concoctions in their bottle—only allow them a bottle filled with water. If your child uses a pacifier, never dip it in sugar or honey, and try to avoid sharing utensils with your child as this can transfer bacteria from your mouth to theirs (and vice versa!) and increase the likelihood of cavity formation.
Depending on your child’s unique dental situation, Natural Smiles Dentistry may watch their teeth for signs of other problems or recommend future procedures like teeth whitening or bonding. Some kids are more sensitive to stained teeth than others due to their natural oral pH level.
If you are concerned about stains on your child’s teeth, contact your Salt Lake City dentist, Dr. Thomas Brickey at Natural Smiles Dentistry today. We’d love to help!
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