And the pivotal moment is here. Your baby isn’t a baby any more. She’s growing in those big girl teeth. First comes the molars all the way in the back, and then months later, the dainty front teeth (incisors). But wait, why are these new adult teeth not as white as the baby teeth around them?
What’s wrong? Why aren’t they pearly white? Does she need whitening? Are all her teeth just yellow?
All right, all right--let’s slow down.
First, it is completely NORMAL for permanent teeth to be a darker shade than baby teeth. I mean baby teeth are called milk teeth partly because they are as white as milk!
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Permanent teeth are naturally not as white as baby teeth. But
- This is completely normal
- There is nothing you need to do about it
- The permanent teeth appear darker because they are next to teeth that are so white. Really, it’s a game of optical illusions.
- If they don’t love the shade when they’re an adult, they can consider whitening options
Now that we’ve talked about yellow teeth, let’s talk about the more common issue- white spots on teeth. These could be on baby teeth or permanent teeth.
Why do some children have white spots on their teeth?
The dreaded C word. Cavities.
This is the earliest sign that your child has a cavity, and it is very important to visit the dentist. You child’s enamel is now weaker and has lost some of its minerals so the tooth becomes a chalky white. You can typically see this chalky white on the part of the tooth closest to the gums. If the cavity is not fixed, you will notice the tooth turn from yellow to brown.
So, how can you as a parent help prevent cavities in your kids?
Have a game plan. The right toothbrush, flossers and games will help motivate your child to have the best oral hygiene. And you can encourage their good habits with the best games. Keep reading to shop my favorite products.
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Q: Afraid to brush near the gum line, because it could cause bleeding?
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And repeat after me.
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes. (Remember it’s important to brush for them until they’re about 7 years old even if it means going in after they brush on their own.)
- Floss once a day.
Other Causes of White Spots:
Perhaps your child is older and has braces! The braces while they help make teeth straight, they make it more difficult to clean, and your child is more likely to get white spots on their teeth. Braces are a commitment that take extra effort to make sure the teeth stay healthy while they get straight.
If you notice a bright, whitish yellow spot right in the center of the new permanent front tooth, it may not necessarily be a cavity. I see this pretty commonly in my practice. The scientific term is MIH or molar incisor hypomineralization. Their incisors may also look like this:
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Colorations on the teeth are not limited to white. You may notice yellow, brown, silver or green spots on the teeth. Your local dentist can tell you what these spots are and how to handle them.
That’s all I got for today. What questions do you have?