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Can tetracycline affect your teeth?

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Tetracycline and related antibiotics aren't recommended during pregnancy or for young children (under age 8) whose teeth are still forming.

In the 1950s, doctors discovered women taking tetracycline while they were pregnant led to brownish-colored teeth in their children. The medicine settles into the calcium that the body uses to build teeth. When those teeth grow in, they're a yellowish color, and they gradually turn brown in sunlight.

But tetracycline doesn't cause tooth discoloration if all your teeth are formed.

From: Oral Side Effects of Medications WebMD Medical Reference

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Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

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Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

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Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Possible Side Effects of Drugs That Lower Blood Pressure." 

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems."

American Academy of Periodontology: "How to Keep a Healthy Smile for Life."

Cancer Research UK: "Types and Causes of Mouth Problems." 

Academy Of General Dentistry: "Treatments For Depression Have Dental Side Effects."

Journal of the American Dental Association , June 2005.

Rees, T.D. 2000, October1998. Periodontology

Heidelbaugh, J. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Clinical Men's Health: Evidence in Practice

Duthie, E.H. , 4th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier, 2007. Practice of Geriatrics

Walsh, D. , 1st ed. Philadelphia, Saunders, 2008. Palliative Medicine

MedlinePlus: "Mouth sores."

Ciancio, S. , vol 135. Journal of the American Dental Association

Nelson, R. . August 2006. Archives of Dermatology

American Pregnancy Association: "Acne treatment during pregnancy."

MedlinePlus: "Tetracycline."

National Institutes of Health: "Taste Disorders."

Padala, K.P. 2006. Primary Care Companion Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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