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Discolored Baby Teeth Marietta, GA

Discolored Baby Teeth

Your child’s primary teeth should be an off-white or ivory color. While some children may have a whiter smile than others, baby teeth should not be yellow, dark or gray. In such cases, you need to visit your dentist to properly diagnose the concern.

As a parent, you will want to consider the following causes for discoloration on baby teeth:

Poor Brushing. Just like adult teeth, if baby teeth are not brushed properly, plaque can accumulate and discolor the teeth.

Medication. There may be something in your medicine cabinet that is causing a dark hue on your child’s teeth. Infant medications containing iron are known for causing dark stains on baby teeth. In addition, mothers who took tetracycline during pregnancy may notice that their child also suffers from tooth discoloration.

Tooth Trauma. Did your baby or child recently have a hard fall? Injury to baby teeth or gums can also lead to discoloration, which is often a pink or gray tint.

Thin Enamel. Blame this one on genetics. The way your child’s enamel formed can cause a more yellow appearance due to the inner dentin layer showing through a weaker enamel layer on the tooth.

Excessive Fluoride. Although it is not common, too much fluoride can cause faint white line or markings on your child’s teeth. This may be from regularly mixing powdered or liquid concentrate infant formula with fluoridated water.

Newborn Jaundice. A newborn baby who develops jaundice may have baby teeth with a green tint.

Serious Illness. If your child had a widespread infection, heart disease or hepatitis as an infant, tooth discoloration may result.

While many of these factors are beyond your control, it is important to consider the ones that are. Be sure that your child’s teeth are flossed and brushed on a daily basis using fluoride toothpaste. Unless your child can tie his or her own shoe, you’ll need to do the job for them. Also, limit sugary foods and drinks around the house and never put your baby to bed with a bottle (unless it is water).

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome your questions and concerns regarding your child’s baby teeth. If possible, we will treat the problem and recommend bleaching the discolored teeth if necessary.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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