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Stains on milk teeth: Which are its causes?

Did you know that milk teeth received its name due to its enamel white color shade? From the moment they erupt, they show a significantly clearer shade than those of permanent teeth. However, with the passing of time this initial color can be darkened due to different causes. In some occasions, slight stains may appear in the dental surface, and in others the whole tooth's color may be altered.

But, what originates these changes in color?


Causes of stains on milk teeth

Tooth enamel color may change due to several factors but, generally they are affected by the appearance of stains in the dental surface. Their shades are diverse: yellowish, brownish, even more greyish…

But, it may also be related to a darkening of the tooth’s enamel color. At the same time, these changes may be localized and affect just one tooth, or generalized. It may have very different origins. Among the most common causes, we can identify the following: 


-Poor oral hygiene.

- A strong dental trauma that affected the dental pulp or nerve.

- Taking certain medication.

- Exposing teeth in development to an excessive quantity of fluoride.

- Genetic factors.


White stains on your teeth: are they signs of cavities?

At their early age, kids still don’t have enough skill to brush their teeth properly. This fact, combined with their proclivity to lead a diet rich in sugars, makes them especially vulnerable to suffer from carious lesions. For this reason, if you are a parent, you must pay special attention to the appearance of slight white stains on the tooth’s surface. It may be a sign of cavity formation. In case of spotting these signs, it would be ideal for you to consult with your pediatric dentist. In this way, he will assess if there exist, or not, cavities and he will indicate the most suitable treatment to stop its progress.


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Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


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