Why Do My Toddlers Teeth Look Stained?

by | August 25, 2018

We all worry about our toddler’s health, if they are getting the right nutrients, eating enough, hitting their milestones, what does this type of a cough mean? But something that can sometimes get overlooked is their teeth. I’m sure we all know the struggle of trying to get them to sit still long enough to brush them, but what does it mean if your toddlers teeth look stained?

There are a number of reasons why they might look stained, and a number of different colors of staining too. Read on to find out more about why your toddlers teeth look stained.

Yellow or Orange Stains

Yellow or orange stains are usually due to a buildup of plaque on their teeth that has become stained with food particles. It can occur when your toddlers teeth aren’t cleaned thoroughly enough. They can be easily removed with proper, regular brushing with a little bit of toothpaste. Some people recommend a dab of bicarbonate of soda on your toddler’s toothbrush, but make sure to have a drink of fresh water ready as they may not like the taste (I know I don’t!). If this doesn’t work, then you can bring your child to a dentist and they can remove the stains with a professional scrubbing which can help prevent your toddlers teeth look stained.

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These yellow or orange stains don’t necessarily signal the start of tooth decay, but letting the plaque accumulate on your toddler’s teeth can cause gum disease. Try to reduce the amount of plaque build up with regular brushing with a children’s toothpaste.

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White Patches or Pale Brown Stains

If your toddlers’ teeth look stained with these patterns and colors it may indicate that your toddler has fluorosis, which can be caused by having too much fluoride. This can happen if you use a fluoride toothpaste, there’s too much on their brush, or they eat it from the tube.

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You can prevent this by using a low fluoride children’s toothpaste, and only using a little bit. Encourage your child to spit out their toothpaste after brushing, and rinse their mouth out with fresh, clean water. Always keep toothpaste and other bathroom products out of your toddlers reach.

Dark Stains

There are a couple of reasons why your toddlers teeth look stained with dark patches. One being if they take an iron supplement. toddlers’

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Dark stains may also occur if your toddler’s teeth are knocked or damaged during a fall. These kinds of stains are on the inside of the tooth, and happen due to nerve and blood supply to the tooth dying. This kind of stain is generally not harmful to your toddler’s teeth, but let your dentist know anyway so they can check the tooth. The stain from a knock or damage can’t be removed, but it will be a normal color when they lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth grow in.

While some dark stains might be unsightly, they won’t affect the health of your toddler’s teeth.

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