It is not uncommon to hear from kids who are concerned about the colour of their adult teeth. After all, age is no barrier when it comes to craving a set of gorgeous pearly whites!
There are several potential reasons for the appearance of yellow teeth in children. More often than not, the issue is quite simple and there are easy, non-invasive ways to brighten teeth in young kids.1. Comparing adult teeth to baby teeth
Often when children start to become worried about the colour of their teeth, they are in a mixed stage of dental development, meaning that they have both adult and baby teeth present in the mouth. Naturally, baby teeth are much whiter and brighter than adult teeth. This is due to the thick dentine layer in adult teeth underneath the enamel. As a result, directly comparing adult to baby teeth means the adult teeth often appear more yellow. Some reassurance will assure your child that their teeth are not abnormal in colour.
2. Plaque staining
Good brushing practices are often difficult to teach kids. It is common for kids to miss crucial areas when brushing, including the front teeth. Plaque is a collection of bacteria which emit acids and toxins. If left sitting on a tooth surface for a long time, these can give the tooth a yellow appearance. Excellent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for cleans will mean that the teeth are as white and bright as possible!
3. Food and drinks
Certain foods and drinks can also cause yellow teeth. Highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, soft drinks or soy sauce, can lead to yellow tooth staining. The degree of tooth staining in kids depends on how regularly they are exposed to these products. It is a good idea to have your child rinse with water after consuming heavily pigmented foods or acidic drinks.
4. Developmental defects
More rarely, some kids can be affected by developmental disorders of enamel which means the enamel layer is thinner, softer, or stained. In these cases, the yellower dentine underneath the enamel will be more visible, serving to discolour teeth. These are more complex cases in terms of diagnosis or management. If you are concerned about developmental defects in your child’s teeth, consult our dentists for advice.
Dr Liz and Dr Lora consider dental prevention their passion! If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dental health, please do not hesitate to contact us. At Corner 32 Dental, our aim is to encourage preventative care in a fun and manageable way, so that your child will smile with us!