When your child’s adult teeth emerge, they may look darker and more yellowed than the surrounding baby teeth. This is a common experience, but it does not mean your child’s teeth are in bad shape. This guide explains why adult teeth look yellow at first so that you can feel confident about your child’s oral hygiene.
Permanent Teeth Are Naturally Darker Than Baby Teeth
Teeth are comprised of an outer layer of enamel and an inner layer of dentin. Dentin is dark in color, and some people have darker dentin than others. When your child’s adult teeth first erupt, their enamel may be slightly transparent. This makes the dentin more apparent, which results in yellow teeth.
The good news is that this color discretion is only temporary. Your child’s teeth should look whiter over time as long as they practice proper oral hygiene.
You may also see a change in your child’s smile as they continue losing baby teeth. There is a strong visual contrast between adult teeth and baby teeth, which makes discoloration more noticeable. The darker shade won’t be as pronounced when your child’s smile fills out with permanent teeth.
Learn more: When Do Kids Lose Their Baby Teeth?
Should I Be Concerned about the Color of My Child’s Smile?
Color is not nearly as concerning as your child’s oral health. A healthy, well-maintained smile is far more important than a bright white one. See the dentist at least once yearly for routine cleaning and checkups to keep your child’s smile in prime condition.
How to Prevent Staining on Your Child’s Teeth
One of the best ways to protect a child’s teeth from staining and decaying is with dental sealants. According to the CDC, dental sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years and 50% of cavities for four years. The sealants are quick to apply, durable, and painless.
Learn more: How Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay
Daily brushing and flossing are crucial for preventing stains at any age. We also recommend yearly teeth cleanings at the dentist office to remove plaque and monitor oral health issues. The earlier you can address tooth decay, the less damage it will do.
Minimize how often your child consumes sugary foods and drinks, and make sure they brush their teeth before bed. Your dentist can provide personalized recommendations to protect your child’s teeth further.
Contact Clinton Dental Center at (586) 949-5363 to schedule a pediatric dentist appointment.