Aging is one of the most common causes of tooth discoloration. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to children. So, what causes yellow teeth in children? There are a variety of reasons your child’s teeth may become yellow. The most common one is the foods and drinks they eat.
There are plenty of foods that may stain their teeth including berries, soy sauce, and pop. Unfortunately, food stains combined with poor brushing habits, which are common in children are a recipe for yellow teeth. Encourage your child to rinse their mouth with water every time they eat foods with dark pigments or drink colored or acidic beverages.
In addition, work with your child to develop a healthy oral hygiene routine. If they are young, you may have to remind them to brush their teeth or brush their teeth for them until they get the swing of it and are old enough to do so on their own.
Yellow teeth in children may also be the result of a genetic disorder called dentinogenesis imperfecta. If you believe your child may have this disorder, it’s important to see a doctor so that the condition can be diagnosed and treated.
There are also certain antibiotics that may stain your child’s teeth. These include tetracycline and doxycycline. The good news is that these are not typically prescribed to children who do not have all their permanent teeth in.
If your child still has baby teeth, there’s no reason to in invest in any teeth whitening procedures because they are temporary. As they get older, however, you may want to explore whitening solutions.
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If you have further questions about yellow teeth in children and how to treat them, don’t hesitate to contact our Ashburn, VA office at (703) 542-7000. We look forward to hearing from you!