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My childs adult teeth look disgustingly yellow...

(26 Posts)
NotInTheMood Sun 16-Dec-12 13:09:03

And I mean yellow. Mainly his bottom teeth. We brush twice a day and mouthwash but not all the time. He is 8 and I now us an adult tooth paste to see if this helps. He had a dental appointment 2 myths ago and dentist said they were fine and normal. I'm not too keen on my dentist tbh he doesn't really instill trust. They look worse then my dads teeth today maybe because he's eaten etc i don't know

NotInTheMood Sun 16-Dec-12 13:21:19

Sorry was typing very fast. I just don't what to do. I've started making him drink milk every night he doesn't like alot of dairy. He drinks orange squash and water. No tea or fizzy.

pepperrabbitanddesultorytinsel Sun 16-Dec-12 13:23:59

I think I'd take him back to the dentist to check - maybe the hygienist could do a deep clean to get them back on track?

cowardlylionhere Sun 16-Dec-12 13:25:14

Some adult teeth just come through discoloured, it's not necessarily anything he's eaten or that can be brushed away. My sisters came through terribly yellow and I know my parents took her to the doctors about it when the dentist said it was normal. I think they were told it can be a side effect of certain antibiotics, though I'm not sure if they meant when my mum was pregnant with her, or ones my sister had taken herself as a baby. I understand your concern though, it's affected her confidence terribly, she's 19 now and has the self esteem of a knat sad If there's anything you can possibly do to fix it I'd really try. Some will no doubt think that shallow, but my sister has spent her entire life afraid to open her mouth. The only solution for her is veneers but she's not keen.

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Sun 16-Dec-12 13:26:12

the first adult teeth can look yellow especially if they are next to the white milk teeth.

NotInTheMood Sun 16-Dec-12 13:42:51

Thanks these are at least 4 along the bottom they look absolutely awful no word a lie. I just don't know what to do. My friends dentist has sealed her little boys teeth but mine hasn't he didn't even carry out a scale and polish. Is this something a dentist should do or hygienist??? We are with an nhs dentist and i feel like we are not getting the right treatment tbh. They look darker towards the gum but I've tried scratching the surface with my nail and there's no plaque. It's looks like he hasn't cleaned them for years his baby teeth were fine :-((((

wigglybeezer Sun 16-Dec-12 13:52:24

Everyone in my family has yellow tooth enamel, it's a natural variation, there is nothing an NHS dentist can do about it at the moment, tooth whitening is not available on the NHS and I doubt a private dentist would bleach a child's teeth as it is not exactly good for your teeth if repeated too often. My DSs have had fissure sealant on the NHS but this is applied to molar's is if your DS hasn't got any yet that is why he has not been offered that.
Ask your dentist more questions if he is not giving you the info you need, I always do ( he probably wishes I would shut up!).

NotInTheMood Sun 16-Dec-12 14:02:51

That's it if I had info I could accept it I think there's a language barrier tbh. He doesn't reall say alot and what he does say is short. They look yelle after brushing but worse after eating. Going to stop sweets etc and give him even extra milk. I had pre- eclampsia with him and had medication to control blood pressure etc it makes me wonder. Although did breast feed for 8 months :-(

wigglybeezer Sun 16-Dec-12 14:11:43

Give him vitamin D as well, a decent level in the body is needed for the body to process the calcium in our food and get it where it needs to go. They are now recommending it for all pregnant and breast feeding mothers. Hardly anyone gets enough from the sun or food and there is virtually none in breast milk although it is added to formula. I really do think there is probably nothing wrong your DS's teeth, although I understand guilt about children's teeth as DS3's baby teeth were so rubbish they started to go almost as soon as they came through ( at two months!). He breastfed until almost three but I didn't give him vit D because I didn't know about it then.

betterwhenthesunshines Sun 16-Dec-12 18:39:50

My son is older (11) but his adult teeth were looking very yellow. Recent dentist visit he also saw the hygientist who did a clean and polish and they are much whiter (private, not NHS). Dentist said she thinks he mouth breathes (rather than in through his nose) most of the time as his lips don't easily cover his teeth. This results in more dryness, particularly on the lower front teeth whihc can cause quicker build up as the mouth becomes stickier and less lubricated.

Sonic electric toothbrush helps.

Selks Sun 16-Dec-12 18:47:18

Could the orange squash be staining his teeth?

To be honest if the dentist thinks they're fine then I would forget it. Who is it a problem for anyway - you or him? You don't want to give him a complex about them, let him be ignorant and happy.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 16-Dec-12 18:55:13

Ignorant and happy is the best approach. Nothing you can do about it I'm afraid.
Mine came out yellow and I was like the sister upthread who neve smiled.
I've lightened them a bit now, but it 's painful as they're sensitive as well - and there ways seems to be something else to spend the money on!

My DCs' are not the whitest either, sadly - but not much can be done until they're old enough for bleaching.
Extra brushing/scaling and polishing makes no sifference -I rarely have any plaque as I brush so well.
Might help if you stop thinking of them as 'disgusting' as well.
Had girls say that to and about me at school - he doesn 't need it at home.

NotInTheMood Sun 16-Dec-12 20:39:04

Umm I've not exactly mentioned it to my son!!!! Seriously what is wrong with people I'm just trying to highlight how yellow they look. At the end of the day I am asking for advice in case I'm not doing something or could be doing something so that my child doesn't get a complex when he is older because his teeth are yellow. My child has no idea and is a happy confident little boy.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 16-Dec-12 21:22:10

Nothing wrong with me thanks. I'm not the one describing my child's teeth as disgusting.

Selks Sun 16-Dec-12 21:41:08

Didn't mean to upset, OP.

HauntedLittleLunatic Sun 16-Dec-12 21:45:21

Some antibiotics (tetracyclines off the top of my head) can cause this.

If you want to reassure yourself you can buy disclosing tablets from boots to use after brushing which will show you if there is anything left on the surface of the tooth that needs brushing away. If not its just natural tooth colour for him.

milkybrew Sun 16-Dec-12 21:52:42

My DS has this. It worried me since his first adult teeth came through but our dentist ensured it was just natural variation in tooth colour. However, saw another dentist who said he has no enamel on his teeth, just bare dentine. Apparently there's nothing we can do, dentist used a sealant and said veneers would be an option when he is older. Other people have mentioned antibiotics causing it, I took no antibiotics during my pregnancy. HTH

ELR Sun 16-Dec-12 22:04:36

Op my daughters teeth are like this she is 10. I really don't like it. I have spoken to the dentist several times and he said that some adult teeth come through like it. She brushes well twice a day uses mouth wash and has regular dentist appointments. I am obsessed with my teeth being white so i really dont like seeing hers so yellow, I have not told her or let her know in anyway that i am not happy as it doesn't seem to bother her.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Sun 16-Dec-12 22:28:47

milky, a friend's DS had the same thing, and she was told it was because of running a high temp in the first three months - which he had, she remembered a particularly scarily high one which she'd called the doctor out to. I think he was given sealants.

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Mon 17-Dec-12 08:11:36

ds doesnt have good enamel on his new first adult molars and we have put it down to the chickenpox he had when the teeth would have been developing in his gums (he was only 5½months when he had CP). His other teeth have not been affected, so far, although he only has 4 front adult teeth as he is only 6yrs old.

jimjam14 Wed 29-Apr-15 21:12:08 could be enamel hypoplasia please join the group

serenamary2015 Thu 28-Jan-16 04:54:28

im trying to find out which drinks and or food could be causing my ten year old son's teeth to stay yellow. it's not good and he's upset. could it be orange/ Apple juices he drinks a lot.??

josiejump1975 Tue 06-Sep-16 10:42:18

I know this is an old thread but I wanted to add to it because I recently had the same concern with my now 9 year old daughter. The dentist said her teeth are fine but to me they looked quite yellow. I found the following webpage explaining that newly emerged teeth have large nerves making the teeth appear hollow. By the age of 19, the nerve will have reduced in size and the inside of the tooth thickens giving a whiter appearance.
This has really put my mind at rest and I hope it does the same for others with the same concern. If the dentist says the teeth are ok then please trust the dentist and don't worry about the colour until the child reaches adulthood.

josiejump1975 Tue 06-Sep-16 10:48:36

One other thing. It's best not to fight the yellowing with whitening toothpastes etc, as these will only wear down the enamel over time. Brush your kids teeth before breakfast and last thing at night allowing an hour after eating. The enamel is softer straight after eating and easier to damage through brushing. Wait until your child is 19 before worrying about tooth colour (see my previous message), unless a dentist says there is a problem. Reassure the child that their teeth will whiten during their teenage years. When your child is an adult and still doesn't like the appearance of their teeth, then it is their decision whether they would like cosmetic treatment.

Zackrectory40 Sun 18-Sep-16 22:19:51

My daughter has turned 7 in June, her two front teeth r coming down ( adult teeth) I have noticed on one of her front teeth is diff colour to the other it looks more whiter then the other front tooth , looks like a white cloud over it. It's not fully grown yet I'm only seeing not even half a centre meter of tooth but I'm hoping it will be ok.

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