White teeth are important to most children as it helps improve their confidence. It helps them to interact freely with their peers. Parents get concerned if their child’s teeth are yellow and seek dental assistance.
There can be an array of reasons why tooth discoloration occurs in children. A few reasons are:
Weak enamel: Children with a condition known as enamel hypoplasia tend to have discolored teeth. Enamel Hypoplasia can be caused by illness, genetics, or other diseases.
Certain drinks and foods: Food pigmentation can cause teeth discoloration in children. Healthy oral habits such as brushing can prevent this.
Vitamin supplements or chemicals: Intake of vitamins containing iron can cause teeth staining.
Excessive fluoride exposure: The use of instant formula with fluoridated water has been found to cause teeth discoloration in children.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends teeth whitening treatments for children above 14 years of age. This allows the gums to fully develop and reduce tooth sensitivity. Also, children must meet the following criteria to undergo teeth whitening:
Laser whitening or bleaching: Laser whitening and bleaching are done by a dentist. This process is quick and easy and proven to be safe.
Whitening kits: At-home whitening strips come in the form of gel or strips Whitening strips must be used under adult supervision. These products could lead to tooth sensitivity in some children. Consult your dentist when in doubt.
Whitening toothpaste: Brushing with tooth whitening paste can help remove stains and prevent discoloration. Always consult with your dentist to see whether the tooth whitening paste is safe for your child.
Custom dental gels and trays: Custom dental trays are personalized to ensure positive results. A professional whitening gel is applied directly to teeth by a dentist.
A tooth crown or false tooth: For stained teeth beyond repair, porcelain crowns could be suggested by dentists.
Regular teeth cleanup and healthy oral habits can help your child with temporary tooth staining. Our expert pediatric dental specialists can help produce bright white teeth for your child. Always consult your dentist before any teeth whitening treatments.
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