Why Are Your Child’s Teeth Yellow?

Yellow teeth can be caused by any number of things, and when your child's teeth are yellow, you may just jump to the thought that they aren't cleaning their teeth properly. This may actually be the case, or there could be other reasons as well. If your child has yellowed teeth, you want to do what you can in order to make their teeth white and as healthy as possible, especially because you don't want them to be embarrassed by their teeth. Read on for some reasons why your child's teeth are yellow and what you may be able to do about it.

Your Child's Diet 

Your child's diet could be to blame for those yellowed teeth. If their teeth are yellow, it may be because of a poor diet, and one that doesn't include enough fresh fruits and vegetables, and instead has a lot of sugar included in it. Sugar can lead to all types of dental health concerns, one of which may be cavities, in addition to yellowed teeth. You need to be sure your child is eating enough of the right foods and a lot less of the foods that don't offer any nutritional value. Drinks loaded with sugar can also have this effect on their teeth, so avoid giving your child sugary drinks as well.

Your Child Is Not Brushing Enough

If your child is not brushing their teeth enough, it could cause the yellowing of the enamel. They may be brushing daily, but it isn't enough to keep the plaque off of the teeth. Your child should be brushing two times daily for at least 2 minutes at a time. They should also be flossing to help remove the plaque in between their teeth and using mouthwash to help remove any other plaque that may remain.

Your Child Swims In A Chlorinated Pool Often

If your child happens to be swimming in a chlorinated pool often and possibly gulps up some of the water often, it can lead to stains on the teeth that can be difficult to remove. The stains on the teeth are caused by chlorine. Tell your child to avoid ingesting any of the chlorinated water.

If your child has yellowed teeth, it could be caused by a few different things. Genetics can play a role, in addition to a poor diet, poor brushing, or other factors as well. Talk to a children's dentist about other reasons for the yellowing of the enamel and what else can be done to prevent further yellowing and how to remove the stains.