You may assume that teeth whitening is for adults only, but we have treatments to help children enjoy brighter smiles too. For some, stains could be a source of embarrassment. We understand how to assess the cause of discoloration, and recommend the best treatment option. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist talks about teeth whitening.
The Causes of Discoloration
A number of factors could lead to discoloration, including foods and drinks high in sugar, starch, and dark pigments. An excessive exposure to fluoride could cause dark stains, as could the presence of tooth decay and dental infection. Issues that halt the proper development of the teeth could be a factor, along with nerve damage or a cracked, chipped, or injured tooth. Lack of proper brushing and flossing, and infrequent dental cleanings is also a major factor.
When to Seek Treatment
We want your kids to feel proud to smile, which is why we want to provide brighter smiles for those with discoloration. First, we can only provide teeth whitening for kids who have no more baby teeth, and all permanent teeth have erupted. The outer enamel also needs to have calcified completely. If your child meets these criteria, then teeth whitening is possible without complication. Otherwise, there could be a greater risk of tooth sensitivity following treatment. We will examine your child’s smile and let you know if your child qualifies for this treatment. We also have treatments to mask stains and repair minor damage, such as tooth bonding.
Care to Keep Teeth Bright
To help keep smiles bright, make sure your child only drinks sodas, teas, and fruit juices in moderation, and also that they don’t eat too many snacks high in sugar. Help them brush and floss daily to remove food particles and control plaque buildup. Your kids also need to see us every six months for a cleaning visit too! If they play sports or martial arts, have them wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth from injury. These actions not only help keep smiles bright, but they lower the risk of cavities, damage, and even gingivitis and bad breath.
If you have any questions about how we brighten little smiles, or if you would like to schedule a visit before the holiday season is here, then contact our team today. When you see us now, you can also use remaining dental insurance benefits before they expire.
Talk To Your Round Rock, TX Pediatric Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry
At Pediatric Dentistry Of Round Rock, we want to help your kids maintain bright smiles that make them feel confident. If you want to learn more about our cosmetic treatments for children of all ages, then please contact your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.