What would brown stains on my 8mth old little girls top teeth be from?
Wow people respond on here quickly! This was actually my first time ever responding to something I didn't know there was such activity! To follow up it seems like everyone has given you great ideas of things to check into for your baby. I would take her to the pediatrician and see if they think it is a stain, or if it is cavities. In our town if it is a cavity the dentists won't see them that young and automatically refer you to our office (which I'm sure there is an oral surgeon in your area) We have had children in our office to have teeth removed at the age of 8 months...but it's due to them sleeping with bottles full of juice or milk. If that is what it is they would remove her teeth...which won't be fun but will save her from infections and pain. Good luck! I'm curious to see what it actually is that is causing this.
It could possibly be decay, but there isn't much a general dentist can do with an 8 month old. Optimal age for a first visit is about 2- 2 1/2. I have seen them come in earlier than that and all they do is scream. Not a good memory to have of the dentist. I do agree with daily brushing, especially before bed. The sooner you get them into a routine of brushing the easier it will become. All babies should be bottle free between 14-18 months old. If YOU pack up all the bottle supplies and YOU are consistent, they CAN do it.
Melissa - posted on 01/29/2009
It could be from antibiotics. Has your lil one been on a lot of antibiotics? My 13 year olds teeth are stained because of being on constant antibiotics when she was younger due to having a lot of ear infections. The dentist can tell you what it is and all.
Cindy - posted on 01/29/2009
I am a Registed Dental Hygienist and just read through the responses. It could be any of the listed suggestions, could possibly be just stain. Bacterial plaque grows in the mouth 24/7 and is a sticky, natural substance. Because of it's stickiness, stain adheres readily. The best thing to do is see your dentist ASAP. Are you brushing her teeth yet? If your child will not let you brush her teeth, you should at least be using your finger behind a soft, wet washcloth and create a friction to remove the plaque daily. And the most important thing is to never put her to bed with a bottle with anything but water in it. Even milk will cause decay. Blessings!
Deirdre - posted on 01/29/2009
Jenny, was your child premature? My 12 yr old had to be brought on 5 weeks early, due to high pain levels with a spinal injury. We noticed the brown stains quite early on, before he turned 1. We were told that it wasn't something we needed to worry about it. Just after he turned 8, we asked a different dentist as it seemed to be getting worse, despite the fact that I had done most of the brushing for him.
The new dentist was able to tell me that it was due to his prematurity, the enamel on his teeth hadn't had time to form properly in the womb, and that there was very little that culd be done. She als told us that his wisdom teeth have already rotted inside his gums because of this. It might be worth checking out.
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