As children’s permanent teeth begin to erupt, usually around kindergarten, some parents begin to notice a significant difference in the appearance of the adult teeth from the healthy baby teeth. Primarily, that the adult teeth look to be a darker, yellower shade in contrast to the healthy white enamel of primary teeth. It’s not uncommon for parents to ask their child’s dentist why his or her teeth are yellow and whether or not teeth whitening is appropriate.
The truth is, most children’s adult teeth are much yellower than their baby teeth, and there is a very plain answer to this concern: it all comes down to natural anatomy. You see, baby teeth are primarily made up of enamel, which is what gives teeth their white appearance. In adult teeth, enamel covers a large core of material called dentin, which is yellow. Enamel itself has translucent qualities, which allows various shades of yellow to show through the tooth, especially around the canine teeth (which have the largest density of dentin in regards to other anterior teeth.) As adult teeth come in immediately next to baby teeth, the shade differences are extremely obvious. What may seem like a slight shade difference to some people may look like a serious cosmetic concern to someone else.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being concerned about how our child’s teeth look. The fact is that when parents notice this, it shows they’re conscious about what is going on in their child’s mouth. Ultimately, the best answer is to just let the remainder of the baby teeth fall out on their own, and eventually all of the adult teeth won’t have a stark contrast making them appear yellow at all.
Posted on behalf of Toothmasters
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