Usually, a child’s primary or baby teeth are whiter than their permanent teeth, but even baby teeth can become discolored for the following reasons which include:
If you have noticed your child’s teeth look stained, book a checkup with our pediatric dentists. We can evaluate their teeth to determine the reason they have discolored and can provide appropriate treatment. Potential treatments are listed below.
One possible solution is microabrasion, where a tiny amount of tooth enamel is removed from the affected teeth. The process uses a special compound that leaves behind a smooth and whiter layer of enamel. It can be useful in improving the appearance of superficial stains or pits in teeth. Afterward, the results are permanent.
We are often asked about teeth whitening for kids. Generally, it is best to wait to whiten children’s teeth until their primary teeth have fallen out and are replaced with their adult teeth.
If you are interested in whitening solutions, we can discuss suitable options with and when best to use them. Please don’t use over-the-counter tooth whitening products as these are designed for adults and will not be suitable or safe for children.
If a tooth is severely stained or perhaps has sustained some form of dental trauma, our doctors may suggest a tooth-colored crown to cover it.
We can provide beautiful ceramic crowns are very lifelike and cosmetically pleasing and which will hide the discolored tooth entirely.
Your child needs a good oral care routine to keep their teeth strong, white, and healthy. They must brush their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, just the same as you. Most children require supervision until they are seven or eight to make sure they are brushing their teeth thoroughly. Once the teeth come into contact with each other, you must begin to floss between them.
Although your child may not be eager to brush and floss regularly, it is important to stick to a consistent, habit-building routine. You can set the example by brushing your teeth with them and make sure they have a child-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste that they like using.
Also, we love working with kids directly. We can show them the proper techniques for brushing and flossing and gently educate them as to why oral care is so important, using age-appropriate words and terminology they can easily understand.
When your child’s permanent teeth come in, you may notice they look yellower compared with their baby teeth, which is perfectly natural. However, if you are ever concerned about the color of your child’s teeth or other oral health issues, please come and see our Pediatric Dentistry Center located on Ocean Ave in Brooklyn, NY.
Pediatric Dentistry Center
2148 Ocean Ave, Ste 401A
Brooklyn, NY 11229