There are a variety of reasons your child’s teeth may be yellow. The most common cause of yellow teeth in children is certain foods and beverages. If your child eats foods like berries, soy sauce, and other with dark pigmentation and/or drinks sugary or acidic drinks like pop, they may face yellow teeth.
In addition, if they are young and unable to practice good oral habits, plaque buildup may occur and discolor their. Certain antibiotics and genetic disorders may also contribute to yellow teeth in children. If your child has yellow teeth, you may be wondering how you can whiten them.
Here’s what the pediatric dentists at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry have to say:
The ideal way to handle yellow teeth in children is to prevent it in the first place. By encouraging your child to practice good oral hygiene and helping them brush and floss their teeth until they are old enough to do so on their own, you can reduce the risk of yellow teeth.
You can also limit food staining foods from your child’s diet. While they can still enjoy blueberries, tomato sauce, and popsicles from time to time, these foods shouldn’t be a part of their everyday diet.
If your child still has their baby teeth, don’t worry about teeth whitening because these teeth are temporary. Once your child gets older, however, you may want to look into teeth whitening solutions.
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends waiting until they are at least 14 years of age before doing so as this allows tooth pulp to completely form and reduces sensitivity.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you have further questions about yellow teeth in children and how to treat them, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (703) 542-7000. We look forward to hearing from you!