Why Are My Child’s Teeth Growing in Yellow?

Why Are My Child’s Teeth Growing in Yellow?

When your child first begins to develop teeth, you will notice they are a beautiful white color. However, as they turn around 6 years old and their permanent teeth start to grow in, you may be concerned because these teeth look yellow instead of the white color of their baby teeth.

The truth is that baby teeth are milky white in color because they contain a thinner enamel, less dentin, and dentin that is not as yellow in color. Permanent teeth, however, feature more dentin which is yellow in color. Due to the fact enamel is translucent, the yellowish color of dentin shows.

You will notice that once all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted, the color will blend and their teeth won’t look as yellow. Fortunately, your child’s canals will gradually calcify and their teeth will lighten on their own as they get older.

Should I Bleach My Child’s Teeth?

If you do not like the yellow tone of your child’s new permanent teeth, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to bleach them. Here at Wells Family Dental Group, we suggest holding off on bleaching until all of your child’s permanent teeth erupt when they are around age 13. By bleaching or whitening them too early, you risk mismatched teeth color when new permanent teeth erupt.

Contact Wells Family Dental Group

If you have further questions about why your child’s teeth appear yellow or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced pediatric dentists, call our office today at 919.266.5332. Whether you are looking for a Rolesville, NC dentist or a downtown Raleigh dental office, we are here to help.

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