- Mar. 16, 2024

Discoloration of childrens teeth

Discolouration of baby teeth can occur due to various reasons. Here are some common causes:

  1. Certain types of bacteria in the mouth: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup, which can cause discoloration of teeth. Certain bacteria that stay on children’s teeth, if not removed, can appear orange/yellow/white. Calculus is mineralized plaque that is yellow that ofen appears around the lower fron teeth. Other types of bacteria can cause “black line stain” which appears as a dark black or brown spots along the gum line. The dark pigment appears ror. be caused by iron deposit accumulation from the bacteria’s metabolism.         

2.  Decay: Consuming foods and drinks with high sugar content, such as candies, sodas, and fruit juices, can lead to tooth decay which can cxause teeth to have brown or yellow coloured spots.

  1. Medication: Certain medications, such as antibiotics like tetracycline, can cause discoloration of baby teeth if taken during pregnancy or in early childhood.
  2. Trauma: Injury to the baby teeth, such as falls or accidents, can cause discoloration. Follwoing trauma baby teeth can turn dark grey or yellow.
  3. Genetics: Some children may inherit genetic conditions that affect tooth development and lead to discoloration. These conditions include dentinogenesis imperfecta and amelogenesis impergecta
  4. Fluorosis: Overexposure to fluoride during the developmental stages of teeth can cause fluorosis, leading to discoloration can that appear as white lines or flecks on the teeth.
  5. Illness or Infection: Certain illnesses or infections during early childhood can affect tooth enamel formation, resulting in discoloration. This can cause a prevalent condition called molar incisor hypomineralization.

If you notice discoloration in your child’s baby teeth, please contact us at (416) 532-8760.

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