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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Stained Teeth

09/10/2004

Question:

My 22 year old month son had beautiful teeth up until a few weeks ago where I noticed his four upper front teeth are browning and looked stained. The rest of his teeth are white and non-stained. He`s adopted from Vietnam and I have no idea of his biological mother`s pre-natal care. We are in good habit of brushing twice daily. Any advice of what can be causing this since it seemed to happen so quickly?

Answer:

The most common cause of discoloration of upper front teeth in babies is dental decay. It can occur relatively rapidly when a child is put to bed at night with a bottle of milk or juice. Your child should be examined by a pediatric dentist for an accurate diagnosis.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University