Poor Dental Hygiene
Let’s face it. What child enjoys brushing their teeth? I sure didn’t when I was a kid, and I especially slacked off with my brushing at bedtime.
When it was time to go to sleep, I wanted nothing more than to just crawl under my covers. The last thing I wanted to do was delay my slumber time by taking a trip to the bathroom.
If your kiddies don’t like brushing their teeth, there are a few things you can do to make the task more enjoyable.
1) Get a musical toothbrush. If they had these little gems when I was a kid I probably would have brushed longer and enjoyed it more.
Not only will this make brushing fun, but some of them are electric, which will clean their teeth better and remove some stains.
2) Buy toothbrushes with cartoons on them. Cartoons are like magic. When a child sees their favorite hero on an item, it makes them want to use it even more.
You can even buy two with different characters on them so they can switch them up from day to day.
3) Buy toothpaste with fun flavors. Kids love bubblegum or any kind of candy flavor. Give them the option of choosing theflavor they want.
That feeling of control will make them enjoy brushing process even more.
This is a condition that occurs in young children (usually 8 years old and under) when too much fluoride is consumed as permanent teeth are forming underneath the gums.
The fluoride harms the cells that creates enamel, causing the teeth to turn yellow.
That is why there has been controversy over whether or not to give children toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Sometimes they accidentally swallow the toothpaste and ingesting too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis.
In fact, the CDC recommends not using fluoride on children under the age of 2. For ages 2-6, only use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste and encourage them to spit so they don’t swallow. See their website for details.
You can also consume the substance through drinking water, supplements that contain fluoride and other dental products (mouthwash, etc.)
Permanent Teeth May Look More Yellow
If your child is starting to get their permanent teeth, they may come in sightly darker than the baby teeth. In fact, baby teeth are often called milk teeth because they look whiter.
So when you see a baby and permanent tooth side by side, the comparison can make things look worse.
Permanent teeth have a layer underneath the enamel called dentin. Dentin is naturally gray or yellowish in color and is thicker in permanent teeth than in baby teeth.
In most cases, this is nothing to worry about. However, if your kid’s permanent teeth are a lot more yellow than the baby teeth, you may want to take them to a dentist just in case.
Tetracycline and Doxycycline
These are antibiotics that will stain teeth that are forming.
This is exactly why this is not usually administered to children who do not have all their permanent teeth or pregnant women unless there is an emergency.
Teeth Whitening/Bleaching Products and Children – Are They Safe?
First of all, if your child still has baby teeth, there’s no point in investing in any teeth whitening procedures because those teeth are temporary anyway.
However, once they get a little older, you may decide to explore other options.
If you child is under 16, I would avoid the OTC whitening products. A lot of them contain high levels of hydrogen peroxide that may be too strong and harm the enamel.
And if the enamel is damaged, that can cause irreversible yellow teeth because enamel does not grow back.
It’s best to consult your dentist because they know the age-appropriate procedures for teeth whitening. Be careful with what you read online and even with certain dentists.
Greed looms large.
A lot of companies will try to convince you that their bleaching procedures are safe for all ages, but I would be very careful about using certain procedures on young children.