Our pediatric dentist put sealants on all of my daughter’s molar teeth, upper and lower. She has an ongoing problem with cavities and her teeth are yellow. Her plaque buildup is unusual. At least I think it is unusual because we don’t along her to drink soda and we really limit her sugar intake to once every other weekend. Her teeth are just plain yellow. I am not sure if this is genetic because my husband was an only child and his parents were deceased when he was 2 years old. My daughter is entering her pre-teens and we want her to have teeth that look any shade of white. They are just plain yellow. I haven’t seen any improvement with dental cleanings either. Is there a way to find a pediatric dentist who can get her teeth white? Brandi
Bradi – Dental plaque builds on teeth that are not flossed regularly. Plaque is colorless, but as it hardens, it forms tartar or calculus that is yellow or brown. You haven’t described plaque buildup, so it might be that your daughter’s teeth are getting darker internally.
Causes of Yellow Teeth in Children
- Genetics – Some genetic conditions can cause the inner layer of the teeth, or dentin, to become yellow. Genetic conditions can cause tooth enamel to become thin or discolored.
- Vitamins and medication – The staining can also be cause by certain vitamins, supplements, or medication.
- Medical conditions – Certain diseases can affect tooth enamel and cause discoloration.
- Food and drink – Dark foods and drinks like coffee, tea, soda, and certain fruits can stain teeth.
We recommend that you ensure your daughter is flossing between her teeth daily and brushing twice a day. Speak with your daughter’s pediatric dentist. Dentists are trained to detect the cause of teeth stains or discoloring. If necessary, a dentist can work with a pediatrician to determine if there is a medical cause of the tooth discoloration.
An accredited cosmetic dentist who enjoys treating children will examine your daughter’s teeth and give you suggestions on how to make them whiter.
This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.