Pediatric Dental Health
May 22, 2004
TREATMENT OF STAINED AND DISCOLORED TEETH IN CHILDREN
Children want nice looking teeth, as well as an attractive smile. They can be very self-conscious about dental stains and discolorations. Tooth bleaching and esthetic dentistry is now available to treat these problems in children and adolescents. This article will discuss the causes of stained teeth in children, and what can be done about it.
Tooth discoloration may be classified as either extrinsic (external) or intrinsic (internal). Extrinsic discoloration may be caused by food, beverages, or medications. Intrinsic discoloration may be sub-classified into superficial enamel discoloration, and deep internal discoloration.
WHAT CAUSES STAINED AND DISCOLORED TEETH IN CHILDREN?
External tooth surface discoloration can be caused by either direct or indirect staining. These external stains can usually be removed by a dental cleaning.