It may be shocking to see the yellowish adult teeth emerging around the pearly-white baby teeth in your child’s mouth! Perhaps you are considering a whitening product for your child. Dentists generally recommend that children do not whiten their teeth. Why not?
Adult Teeth Are Different From Baby Teeth
Baby teeth have a proportionately larger pulp chamber (the part of the tooth containing nerves and blood supply) than adult teeth do. This means that their outer layers of dentin and enamel are not very thick. Baby teeth are naturally very white. When the adult teeth grow in, however, they appear darker and yellower in contrast with the other baby teeth. This is perfectly normal!
Whitening baby teeth could cause your child considerable discomfort when the teeth with thin and delicate enamel are exposed to harsh whitening chemicals. Children’s teeth can be much more sensitive than adult teeth, in this area.
What You Can Do!
The ideal situation is simply to wait until all of your child’s teeth have been replaced by adult ones. At this point, your son or daughter will also be old enough to be concerned about their image and express their feelings on the color of their teeth. Teenagers can usually whiten their teeth safely! Of course, it is important to have us check your teen’s teeth before starting any whitening routine (to avoid complications.)
Some dark stains on your child’s teeth could be a result of inadequate oral hygiene. Plaque left on the teeth will cause them to stain and will increase your child’s risk for cavities. Maintain a steady routine of dental hygiene and your dentist will help you find the appropriate actions to take to safely lighten the color of your child’s teeth.
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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