Are your toddler’s pearly whites not so white anymore? Many of our clients are concerned because their child’s baby teeth have become dark or discolored. Tooth discoloration in children can be an indication of several oral health issues. Here are a few of the most common:
- Unclean teeth. Your child’s teeth may simply be stained because they need to be brushed and cleaned more often. Food debris can stain teeth and contribute to tooth decay. Be sure to brush your child’s teeth twice a day and visit the dentist for a professional cleaning twice a year.
- Vitamins. If your child is taking a multivitamin with iron, he or she may develop a rare reaction that causes his or her teeth to become darker. These stains can be harder to remove, so be diligent about brushing and consider providing your child with iron-rich foods as an alternative to vitamins.
- Illness or injury. Trauma to a tooth can cause discoloration that can’t be removed by brushing. Additionally, illnesses like hepatitis and jaundice can lead to discolored baby teeth.
If you’re concerned about any dark stains on your child’s teeth, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.