my eight month old sons two bottom teeth are gray, they did not come in that way. i just noticed it about two weeks ago. dr. doesnt know why says to see ped dentist. no truama, just lots of antibiotics. anybody else? what to do?

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Emily - posted on 04/15/2009

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Gray teeth typically indicate that the teeth are dead. When I had an eye infection my doctor had to research my medications because there were some he said that discolored the teeth of nursing babies. Have you been on any medications? If not I would investegate whether or not discolored teeth is a side effect ,even a rare one, of any antibiotics he has been taking.

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Tara - posted on 04/15/2009

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It's possible that he bumped his teeth if he hit them, and the bruising is showing through. Also, there are some antibiotics/medications that can cause tooth discoloration. My sister's teeth have a grayish cast even now as an adult because she was on digitalis for a heart condition, and it discolored her teeth. I would check with your pediatric dentist if your doc suggested it.

Rebecca - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son was an extremely active toddler (we now know he has adhd.) He was constantly getting bumped and bruised. I noticed a discolored tooth one day and I'm not even sure when he injured it. (As the other mom suggested- this kid is tough as nails. He would not even let me know half of the time he hurt himself.!) I freaked out and took him to the dr. The pediatrician said it had turned gray from being injured-probably hitting his tooth on something. It must not have been that bad because he said it was no big deal. The dentist never had a problem with it either.

Shelise - posted on 04/15/2009

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It sounds like your son hit his teeth somehow. If you didn't even know about it, then you have a really tough child.... that's good news. Anyway, my nephew hit his tooth several months ago and chipped it. A while later, it turned dark. On occasion, he would get a fat lip. My sister-in-law took him to the dentist and they had to pull the tooth because it had "died". I would take him to the dentist. At least then you would know. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 04/15/2009

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I've heard about teeth turning gray or dark when they've been bruised from impact. Since teeth are opaque, the bruising shows through. Perhaps your son fell or ran into something?

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