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Question

My child is nine years old and his teeth have a yellow tint. I make sure that he brushes and we use whitening toothpaste. Please help!

Answer

By: Dan Brennan, MD, CLC, FAAP

We are all looking for that pearly white smile and it is terrific that your son is taking such great care of his teeth!

The enamel of our permanent (adult) teeth is relatively translucent, with a slightly different texture, than the enamel found on primary (baby) teeth. As a result, your son’s new adult teeth will have a yellow tint when compared to his remaining baby teeth. Once the full set of adult teeth has come in, his smile will look more uniform in appearance.

Darkening of a tooth can also be the result of dental trauma or consumption of colas, dark juices, popsicles, coffee and other foods.  Regular exams with your dental professional will help ensure that your child has healthy and strong teeth.

For more information from Dr. Brennan, click here.