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From the moment a child cuts his or her first tooth, dental care becomes an important part of healthy growth and development. However, even if you keep your child’s teeth clean and strong, some children still experience tooth discoloration. Here are six possible causes behind non-pearly pearly whites:

1. Weak enamel

Inadequate enamel formation is a genetic issue. The enamel layer isn’t thick enough to hide the darker dentin beneath the surface of the tooth.

2. Jaundice

Babies who develop jaundice after birth will sometimes teeth green-tinted chompers.

3. Illness

Infections in infants often lead to discolored baby teeth. Medical issues such as infant hepatitis and heart disease have also been linked to tooth discoloration.

4. Medication

Infant medications that contain iron (eg, vitamin supplements) have been known to stain teeth a darker color. Likewise, taking the antibiotic tetracycline while pregnant could transfer tooth discoloration to your baby.

5. Fluoride

While fluoride consumption is an important part of a child’s development, too much fluoride can result in white streaks across the teeth (a condition known as enamel fluorosis). Fluorosis is non-deadly, and is often only detectable by dental professionals.

6. Tooth or gum trauma

Injury to the teeth or gums causes discoloration that ranges from pink to gray tints. Teeth may also appear darker because the body will build up the dark dentin to protect a hurt tooth.

If your little one has less-than-pearly pearly whites, schedule an appointment with Doris Madrigal by calling 773.252.5757 or visit DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. We will be happy to restore your child’s bright, happy smile.