My 6 year old is getting a new front tooth in and I just noticed it has a yellowish/brownish stain on it where it is coming in. Almost like the enamel is bad. This is really bothering me. What is this and how can it be fixed? Thanks!

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 22 - December - 2011, at 02:35 AM

  • Brown yellow stains on your kid’s front tooth can be extrinsic stains or can be intrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains can occur because of plaque deposits around teeth which can occur because of bad oral hygiene of kid. Stains can also be because of intake of amoxicillin or tetracycline antibiotics or can occur because of enamel hypoplasia. Brown yellow stains on teeth can also occur because of excess of fluoride intake. Enamel hypoplasia can occur because of malnutrition, infection, illness during tooth formation. Some environmental factors can also interfere with tooth formation and can lead to enamel hypoplasia. In case of mild enamel hypoplasia, pits or dents can be filled with composite material. Dental lumineers, veneers or crowns may also be required to treat enamel hypoplasia. Amoxicillin antibiotic intake can cause yellow to brown film formation in some children. After the prescription is finished, stain usually disappears. Tetracycline taken by young child can cause yellow brown stains on permanent adult teeth. For treatment of tetracycline stains, dental lumineers, veneers or dental crowns are given to the patient. If there are extrinsic stains present on teeth, then it is important that your kid maintain good oral hygiene and brush regularly. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can visit a Pedodontist who is specialist in children dentistry for definite diagnosis and treatment.  For more info on enamel hypoplasia, refer…..  http://www.identalhub.com/article_enamel-hypoplasia-370.aspx

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