We hear parent’s concerns about the shade or "yellow color", of their child's teeth every day. Some parents are convinced that this is a result of poor brushing habits. Even though plaque is a yellow-white color, the shade of newly erupting teeth is not usually due to poor brushing habits. Rather, it is the normal, natural shade of permanent teeth as they begin to erupt. Permanent teeth are made up differently, on a cellular level, than primary, or baby teeth. As the permanent teeth mature and are present in the mouth longer, the shade gradually begins to lighten. Baby teeth also reflect light differently than adult teeth. This natural occurrence makes the adult teeth appear more yellow. As new teeth begin to erupt, they usually appear right next to baby teeth, making the difference in color more dramatic.
Therefore, continue to encourage good brushing habits, making sure your child is brushing well along the gumline where plaque collects. Someday, when your child is done growing and root development is complete, there are several options to help brighten and whiten their smile.
Our teeth naturally darken as we age. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.