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Yellow teeth in 12-year-old



Hi, My son seems to have yellowed teeth and he does brush twice per day (most days). Is there a treatment for this? We do drink water that is filtered by our refridgerator system. We see the dentist every six months. Thank you.


Children's teeth vary in shade with some children's teeth being "whiter" than others. Your dentist should be able to guide you regarding the normal shade of your son's teeth.

Tooth discoloration in adults is usually caused by extermal factors like foods, drinks (coffee, tea), and smoking. These rarely affect a 12-year-old's teeth.

If the stain isn't removed by a professional cleaning in the dentist's office, the stain may be internal. Tooth bleaching removes external stains but is very rarely called for in children. Seek a second opinion from a pediatric dentist if you still have questions after discussing this with your dentist.

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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