My son recently turned nine. When he smiled at me this morning, I found myself bothered by the state of his teeth. He brushes the full two minutes twice a day, and flosses at night. We take him for regular cleanings. Yet, even with all that, there’s this yellowish tint to his teeth. What gives? His father’s teeth are similar but I assumed it was because he only brushes once a day. Can a pediatric dentist whiten them? If not, what can we do?
It sounds like you are very diligent with your son’s oral hygiene and have trained him well. The first thing I would do is supervise his brushing for a couple of days, just to make sure he’s getting all the surfaces.
Sure, he’s brushing as often as he’s supposed to, but is he getting it right? Some children will do the two minutes in the same spot, just waiting for the timer to go off.
If he’s using proper technique and coverage the next thing to look at is his diet. There are beverages, such as tea and fruit drinks which can stain his teeth, along with certain foods. Anything with curry in it comes to mind. Curry powder can be murder on tooth color.
See a Pediatric Dentist
If neither of those seem to be the problem then it’s time to see the pediatric dentist. It’s not urgent or life threatening, so you won’t need to schedule an emergency dental appointment. You can just bring it up at your next appointment.
It’s likely a thin enamel or other genetic issue. Your pediatric dentist can evaluate his teeth and come up with some solutions.
Best of luck to you.
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