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What causes a child's teeth to turn yellow even though they brush?

What can we do to get the kids teeth white or not yellow?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:06 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

Answers (8)
  • Diet change. What are they eating and drinking. Food can stain teeth. Arm and Hammer toothpaste helps too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Eating a lot of staining foods like tomatoes or curry, cola or tea...It could also happen if they aren't getting a well-balanced diet or absorbing nutrients adequately. There are several possible explanations. Have you seen a pediatric dentist?

    Answer by misses_nick at 4:08 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Also some vitamins or medicines can stain teeth.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • There is a genetic condition I know of from some of dh's family that causes yellow teeth. I don't know if it's a complete lack of enamel or just not enough. Anyhow, the members of the family with it had yellow teeth as children, they've all replaced their teeth completely as adults.

    Answer by Jessica157 at 4:13 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Some common causes are Fluorosis (too much fluoride during tooth-forming years - the fluoride damages enamel forming cells which results in a mineralization that increases sub-surface enamel, resulting in dingy, yellowed teeth), tetracycline (antibiotic typically used in cold medicine that causes staining of the teeth in children under 8 years old), foods that are highly pigmented (sodas, blueberries, cherries, or soy sauce), and poor dental hygiene.

    Bleaching products are not recommended for children under 12, but many whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses, flosses, and gums can be used by children. Be sure to check each whitening product's label to determine whether it is appropriate for use on children.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 4:13 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Good advice. It could also be genetic. Which means with all the brushing and products you use, it may not matter.


    Answer by Christine0813 at 4:33 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • have you tried electric toothbrush, they do wonders!

    Answer by Actress-mom81 at 10:06 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • My teeth have always been on the yellow side & my son's are too as they come in. I have been told by dentists over the years that this is hereditary, not the result of not brushing or any food, vitamin, etc. Also, yellow enamel is actually stronger than white enamel.

    Answer by sweetpotato418 at 10:09 AM on Jan. 13, 2011

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