Tooth discoloration in toddlers, what to do?

(June 26, 2010)

Tooth Discoloration In Toddlers

All parents are concerned about the health of their children, and keeping their toddlers in good health is one of the biggest concerns that most parents face. Toddlers are susceptible to infections and accidents, and it’s the parent’s duty to ensure that their child gets through this phase safely. Many times, while parents pay attention to other health problems, they often tend to ignore their child’s dental health. This can cause several dental problems in toddlers.

It is important to remember that dental health is just as important and they have to ensure that their toddler’s oral hygiene is good. Teaching and ensuring good oral hygiene early in life, ensures that the child will grow up to be a person who cares for his dental health.

Tooth discoloration is a common problem in many toddlers. Though ivory coloured or off white teeth is common in toddlers, tooth discoloration can happen because of several other factors. It is advisable to take your toddler to a dentist if you notice discoloured teeth because preventive measures or early treatment can prevent painful dental procedures.

Common causes of tooth discoloration in toddlers:
Poor oral hygiene is one of the main causes for toddler tooth discoloration. When you do not brush your teeth regularly and properly, then it causes bacteria to proliferate and this leads to the formation of plaque, which can turn into a stain. Certain multivitamin supplements that contain iron can also cause tooth discoloration. If your toddler has gingivitis, then too he may have discoloured teeth.

Eating an excess of chocolates and sweetened drinks with artificial sweeteners can discolour your toddler’s teeth. Aerated beverages are very acidic and can stain your child’s teeth. Early tooth decay can happen if a toddler has been suffering from frequent fever and has had to take continuous medicines. Tooth enamel is sensitive to medicines and illness, and these can cause formation of plaque.

Treatment: Your toddler needs proper dental treatment. Take your child to a dentist, who can identify the problem and treat it immediately. Also remember that prevention is the key to keeping healthy. As a parent, do try to maintain good oral hygiene in toddlers. Start brushing your toddler twice a day, and ensure that he/she rinses his/her mouth after meals and snack times. If the stains are minor, then use a solution of water and baking soda to remove the stains. Do not use fluoride toothpaste. You may also like to let your child pick out an interesting toothbrush and a zingy toothpaste, so that he/she looks forward to the brushing routine.

Submitted by P T on June 26, 2010 at 04:42

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