After the tooth fairy has made a few visits to your home, you might notice that your child’s pearly smile doesn’t seem as white now that they have a few more adult teeth. This is because the top layer (enamel) of baby teeth is thinner and whiter than the enamel of adult teeth.
Should Children Use Teeth Whiteners?
Dark teeth can be caused by colas, dark juices, popsicles, coffee and other foods. A single dark tooth could be the result of an injury to the tooth, tooth decay or cavities. Children should visit a dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning every six months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. There, they can talk about whitening treatments.
Over-the-counter tooth whitening products such as whitening strips, trays and gels have exploded in popularity in recent years, but Pediatric Dentists usually do not suggest bleaching until all baby teeth have fallen out. If using at-home bleaching products, parents should read the product label for recommended ages and instructions.
Ask Your Dentist and Do Your Research First!
Before your child uses whitening products, remember that tooth color changes. They won’t be as noticeable when all their adult teeth come in. A dentist should examine injured, darkened tooth or teeth with white spots. Darkened teeth or teeth with white spots may whiten better at the dentist than using at-home products.
If you’re going to whiten at home, start with an at-home kit with a low amount of bleach. It is important to pay attention to the side effects and stop bleaching if the teeth start to be sensitive or the gums become irritated. Once all the baby teeth are out, then the contrast with white color is gone and the permanent teeth shouldn’t look so yellow. Its best to encourage accepting natural beauty over bleaching teeth!
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