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What to Do If Your Child has Yellow Teeth

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Every parent wants their child’s smile to be as white and bright as possible. After all, a glistening smile is about more than cosmetics: a bright smile is often a healthy smile as well. But what if you start to notice that your child’s teeth are a bit yellow? What should you do?

If you live in the Reno area, your first step might be to call the outstanding team at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental and set up an appointment. Everyone, including kids, should see the dentist once every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Your dentist or dental hygienist will know what to do about your kid’s yellow teeth.

But a healthy smile starts at home with great dental hygiene like brushing and flossing. Here are a few of the ways for how you can fix your child’s yellow teeth at home.

Encourage Good Dental Hygiene

If you start to notice some yellowing of your child’s teeth, sit them down and review what hygiene practices they are following each day. They may need this simple reminder! Not using the best tooth brushing practices is a common source of the tooth yellowing problem.

Ask your child these questions:

  • Are you brushing twice daily?
  • Are you brushing after breakfast and before bed?
  • Each time you brush, do you brush for at least two minutes?
  • Are you evenly brushing all your teeth?

Once you have reviewed these with your child, follow up and check to see if your kid’s teeth look yellow every so often. And remember: kids will often learn their habits from their parents. Consider having regular family teeth brushing time before bed to show them that everyone, even you, has to brush their teeth.

Check Your Child’s Medications

Did you know that certain antibiotics like tetracycline, and doxycycline, can create stains on teeth? If your child is taking prescription medication, and your child’s teeth are yellowing, even when following good brushing habits, contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Your pediatrician will then be contacted to see if a prescription-strength medication can be changed to one that won’t cause yellowing. 

Reduce Consumption Of Juices and Sodas

Soda and juice are high on the list of favorite drinks for children. These beverages are also high on the list for yellowing children’s teeth! 

Their strong levels of sugar and acid can weaken tooth enamel. In addition, if the color of the liquid is dark, along with the sugar and acid within the beverage, it creates an effect that will yellow your kid’s teeth even more.

One of the best methods for how to fix a child’s yellow teeth is to cut down on sugary drinks. Focus on giving your children water and eliminate the offering of soda or juice. Water will keep them hydrated and it will also rinse harmful bacteria from their mouth.

Visit Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental

If you live in the Reno area, the best thing you can do is to call Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental and make an appointment. At your child’s semi-annual checkup,  your pediatric dental specialist will be looking for tooth yellowing. You will get information on ways to brighten and whiten their smile. 

Tooth whitening treatments vary. There are over-the-counter whitening systems and prescription-strength toothpaste. There is even an in-office whitening treatment. Your dentist will be able to assess the specific needs of your child’s teeth.

Contact us online or call at (775) 800-4117.