In adults, the yellowing of the teeth is a common cosmetic concern and is often caused by colored beverages or cigarette smoke.


But what causes yellowing in children? And most importantly, as a parent, should you be concerned about it?


From our experts at iSmiles Kids Dentistry and Orthodontics, read on to learn more about the possible causes of teeth yellowing.


Permanent teeth have a yellower tint to them


If you see a mismatch between the shades of white in permanent teeth versus baby teeth, there’s nothing to worry about. Baby teeth are generally whiter than permanent teeth.


Also, newly erupted teeth have a more transparent enamel, which shows off the yellow dentin underneath. As time goes by, the enamel will strengthen and the teeth will look whiter.


The hygiene routine may not be up to par


Plaque and tartar can build up at early ages, especially if your child’s diet is rich in simple carbohydrates, which are more likely to feed the bacteria that cause cavities.


For best results, ensure that your child’s teeth are brushed at least twice daily. Inadequate brushing leads to the development of a thin film of bacteria on your child’s teeth called plaque. This increases the risk of cavities, gum inflammation, and even early tooth loss.


Colored foods and drinks may be staining your child’s teeth


Premature yellowing of the teeth may be a sign that your child is eating too many foods that have strong pigments, such as berries, or drinking beverages that can stain the teeth, such as hot cocoa.


To strengthen your child’s enamel and avoid stains, aim to increase your child’s intake of dairy, lean proteins, and healthy fats.


Tooth yellowing could be a sign of thin enamel


Thin enamel in children could be a warning sign that your child’s teeth are weakened. Common causes for thin enamel include the following:

  • Sugary drinks (including smoothies and fruit juices)
  • Overexposure to fluoride
  • Mineral deficiencies

However, thin enamel is usually caused by poor brushing habits and exposure to sweets.


Antibiotics can cause stains


The use of tetracycline and broad-spectrum antibiotics for small children under 12 can cause a yellow discoloration on the teeth that ultimately turns gray.


Learn more about how to fix your child’s yellow teeth


There are many reasons why your child’s teeth may be yellow. Find out what could be the cause by contacting us to schedule an appointment. Our providers offer professional dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants to protect teeth with weakened enamel.

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