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Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?

As your child begins having his or her permanent teeth erupt into place, you might notice that these teeth look darker than all of the rest. In fact, compared to the baby teeth, adult teeth often look extremely yellow.

First of all, this is completely normal! Primary teeth are made up predominantly by extremely white tooth enamel. This is why the baby teeth always appear brighter. Permanent teeth have another layer of tooth structure under the enamel, called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow in color, and will reflect yellow undertones that are visible through the translucent tooth enamel.

When the adult teeth first erupt and are seen side-by-side next to the primary teeth, almost every child’s adult teeth will appear much yellower in shade. As the baby teeth continue to fall out and be replaced with their permanent counterparts, your child’s smile will begin having a more uniform appearance.

If your older child is self-conscious about the way their teeth look, smile whitening can safely be completed during the mid to late teen years. Whitening too early on could cause severe sensitivity to the developing tooth nerve. Always consult with your dentist before starting your teen on a whitening routine, as it is important to make sure that they are free of gingivitis and cavities before the treatment.

Regular cleanings can also help your child’s teeth stay brighter, as stain and tartar accumulation may make the teeth look darker than they should. Check-ups are typically recommended very 6 months to screen for cavities, eruption abnormalities, and assess your child’s personal oral hygiene.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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