teeth stains

Amanda - posted on 02/12/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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my son's front 2 teeth are stained, have been since he got 'em, but the color turned more yellow/brown when he hit a yr (was just gray-ish), I blamed his dad for not brushing his teeth nightly (he was home at night while i worked, i did the morning routines) but even now that i do both brushings and i switched him to a spin brush to maximize brushing efficiency, he rarely eats sweets and if he does he gets extra tooth brushings, I don't know why its not getting better!!!! So i'm now considering sprinkling tiny amount of baking soda in his toddler toothpaste? Is this a good idea or am i making a mountain of a molehill??

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LaCi - posted on 02/14/2011

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as far as I can see: the treatments for stains are the same. Tooth whitening procedures, microabrasion, and so on, which are not recommended for small children. Whether it's caused by supplements, food, injury, or hereditary factors, the treatments are for adults and older children. Even the treatments for enamel problems aren't typically performed until a child is 6+ years old, and the treatments are mostly aesthetic. Small children typically get their teeth coated to cover up "unsightly areas"

So yeah, I'm sticking with the *it's just baby teeth* for stains. He's not in pain, he has no other problems? Who cares. If his teeth serve their purpose as place fillers, he can chew, and they aren't all kinds of screwed up in structure it's probably NOT a big deal.

LaCi - posted on 02/13/2011

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I do the baking soda/spinbrush thing to my teeth, and it works beautifully. BUT it sucks because just going a little too long hurts the gums and given the size of baby teeth I wouldn't risk it.

They're just baby teeth, they're gonna fall out anyway! I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

Iridescent - posted on 02/12/2011

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No, please don't. If they've been stained since he got them, chances are the stain is in or below the enamel. The most common cause is fluoride staining, especially since water is fluoridated and so is most toothpaste. Find out if this is the case. Using baking soda or whiteners can actually peel the enamel off his teeth, and that is really the last thing you want.

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Jenn - posted on 02/15/2011

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OK - point taken that you were replying to the thread in general about dentists. But the stains aren't slightly yellow - they were grey and are now yellow/brown. I'd still get it checked out, and I don't think that's melodramatic at all. If it were slightly yellow, then I'd agree with you.

LaCi - posted on 02/15/2011

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That was general reply to the thread. Scroll on through. Dentist was mentioned like 5 times, doctor? Zero. Since we were talking about the "issue" I replied to thread, as I did in the post before that. You also never mentioned heredity, injury, etc, and yet I brought it up in my reply, because it was in the thread.



I wasn't here to debate anything, I was here to say baking soda can hurt.



But since, apparently, this is a debate,



People are much to concerned about things. The likelihood that this is caused by a vitamin problema nd there are no other symptoms? Slim to none. Going to the doctor (or dentist) over a slightly yellow stain on teeth? I'm sorry, but I just think it's funny. Like all those people who run to to doctor as soon as the kid sneezes. Teeth aren't always perfectly white. If they were still grey or something, maybe, but if the stain has faded, really? It all sounds VERY melodramatic to me.

Jenn - posted on 02/14/2011

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No, but you were going on and on about how a dentist wouldn't be able to determine if it was caused by a mineral/vitamin issue or blood flow - well who said you have to go see a dentist - I just said get it checked out.

LaCi - posted on 02/14/2011

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If it's caused by vitamins/minerals, then you need to talk to a pediatrician, not a dentist. The stain itself isn't harmful. That's the only thing a dentist will deal with. A dentist is not qualified to make a call about vitamin/mineral intake. Children that age shouldn't need vitamin supplements unless medically advised-in which case it's needed and tooth staining is likely an irrelevant side effect, a general multivitamin (which he should not need if the ped. didn't advise it) shouldn't lead to an overdose of any vitamin/mineral if used as directed, deficiencies typically affect your mouth and I have never, ever, heard of a deficiency leading to tooth "staining" especially not grey stains, only slight discoloration, and this type of discoloration isn't going to, likely, fade with time as she described. A call to the pediatrician to ask about any meds he's on or has been on, sure, but a dentist won't be able to do jack for you, except whiten them.

Jenn - posted on 02/14/2011

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But what if it's caused from too much or not enough of a certain vitamin/mineral? What if it's caused from poor blood flow? These are issues that could be a problem and need to be looked at. It isn't about trying to whiten the stains at this point, but rather to pinpoint the cause, and if warranted, correct said problem.

Jenn - posted on 02/14/2011

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Actually LaCi, she said she HAD thought that was the issue, but now realized that's not the problem. And like Emma said - that's not going to turn your teeth grey/brown - especially at that young of an age. Even if my kid's teeth were stained from not brushing, I'd be concerned and getting it checked out.

LaCi - posted on 02/13/2011

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Uh, yeah, if it were a growth problem I would be concerned. But if she thinks his teeth are stained because his dad forget to brush his teeth, it's not going to cause him serious adult problems. If it's a dental problem, sure, but that wasn't the alleged issue in the OP.

Nikki - posted on 02/13/2011

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Take him to the dentist. Has he ever hit his teeth? Teeth can turn grey after trauma because the roots die.

Jenn - posted on 02/13/2011

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I don't know that I agree with that LaCi - your baby teeth can most definitely have an impact on your permanent teeth, and if there's a reason for the staining, it could potentially happen or already be happening to the forming adult teeth.

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2011

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he is a year and a half, so yes they're just baby teeth.
the gray stains are what they used to be now they look yellowish. I know his toddler toothpaste is flouride-free but there is flouride in the water. And i was under the impression that baking soda wouldn't be harmful so thats why i thought of using it. but no way if it not a good a idea! dentist said (at a visit when he was like 6 months) that they would fade away but instead they turned yellow! I'll take him again and see whats the deal......

Sharon - posted on 02/13/2011

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High fevers while teeth are forming can impede tooth formation. I was REALLY sick as a baby and toddler and small child. I have odd white spots on my teeth. My dentist said its uneven calcium intake.

See a dentist. Turning grayish sounds like a blood supply issue - the last person I saw with grayish teeth - the teeth were 'dead'.

Bonnie - posted on 02/13/2011

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I wouldn't worry too much about it. They are his baby teeth, so hopefully when his adult teeth come in eventually, they will be better.

Katherine - posted on 02/13/2011

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I have staining on my teeth, very slight, from having a high fever. It is a grayish stain also.

Jenn - posted on 02/13/2011

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I don't think using baking soda is harmful at all as some might suggest, but I also don't think it will do much good as these stains sound like they're internal and not surface stains. It's likely that they are caused by too much iron supplementation or the use of antibiotics.

Rosie - posted on 02/13/2011

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i'm not positive, but i think that dental flourosis (too much flouride) causes the ADULT teeth to be stained, not the baby ones. how old is your kid? does he have permanent teeth yet? i'd also check with the dentist to see what you coudl do without harming his teeth. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2011

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mountain out of a molehill :) i understand your frustration though, as my sons teeth are the same way! we have brushed them 2-3 times daily from the time they broke through, but the liquid vitamins managed to stain them :( just keep up your normal routine, don't add anything to his toothpaste it likely wouldn't work and it could also be dangerous. just keep thinking eventually those little teeth will fall out stains and all!

Ez - posted on 02/12/2011

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How old is your son? I wouldn't do anything without checking with a dentist.

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