Teeth whitening continued...
Remember that whitening is not permanent; your teeth will slowly
become discolored again. Some lifestyle choices, such as drinking coffee or
using tobacco, will speed up how fast your teeth lose their new
Children and teens
Children and teens with discolored teeth may have a negative
self-image that can result in unhealthy behavior. Teeth whitening may help them
with their self-image.
In children and teens, stained or discolored teeth may be the
- An injury or infection.
which is using too muchfluoride. This can change the color of the
- The antibiotic tetracycline. Using this antibiotic can
result in stains on the teeth.
It is important to discuss teeth whitening with your dentist. If
your child still has a mix ofprimary andpermanent teeth, whitening all teeth may result in
teeth being different shades of white. This is because the thickness of the
tooth enamel is different in these two types of teeth. Colors may also change
when the permanent teeth replace the primary teeth.
American Dental Association (2009). Tooth whitening treatments: Frequently asked questions. Available online: http://www.ada.org/public/topics/whitening_faq.asp.
|Editor||Kathleen M. Ariss, MS|
|Associate Editor||Terrina Vail|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven K. Patterson, BSc, DDS, MPH - Dentist|
|Last Updated||April 23, 2009|