If your child is starting to get their adult teeth – chances are, you can tell a big difference in what the permanent teeth look like in comparison to the baby teeth that are still present. And we’re not just talking about their size. One of the most common concerns parents ask us, is why are their child’s teeth yellow?

It’s All About the Dentin

Dentin is the layer of tooth just under the white enamel that covers the outside surfaces. By nature, dentin is yellow in appearance. Everyone has different shades and densities of the dentin in their teeth. Because of this, it can give their smile a unique hue.

Adult have a large amount of dentin, whereas primary (baby) teeth do not. That’s why baby teeth are extremely white. Once the adult tooth pops through the gums, it holds a stark contrast against the adjacent primary teeth. Because of this, it can make the adult tooth look very, very yellow.

Wait Until All of the Teeth Erupt

As the rest of the baby teeth fall out and the permanent teeth come in, the color difference isn’t quite as noticeable. In fact, you might not notice the problem whatsoever.

Can Your Child Whiten His or Her Teeth?

By the time all of your child’s adult teeth have erupted, they will be in their late pre-teen, early teen years. Generally, teeth whitening is safe for patients around age 15 and up. However, it can cause some mild sensitivity, due to the enlarged nerves of their still-developing smile.

Avoiding Stain-Causing Sources

Everyone’s teeth are different, and some people’s smile soak up stain particles more than others. To help, avoid dark beverages such as soda, juice, or tea. When your child does have these types of drinks, encourage him or her to use a straw. This can reduce the contact time with the front teeth.

Some people see stain buildup from vitamins or even after a summer of swimming in the pool. Fortunately, this superficial discoloration can usually be polished away at your child’s next dental cleaning. If you’re starting to see something dark, call us right away to make sure it isn’t a cavity!

Systemic Causes of Tooth Discoloration

If your child was severely ill at a young age, there was an illness during pregnancy, certain medications were taken, or if there are mineral imbalances in the natural water supply – your child’s smile could suffer side effects years later. These developmental irregularities can cause pitting, a bluish hue to the teeth, or even extremely darkened patches of enamel. Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic treatment options that can cover up the evidence.

Keep Your Child’s Smile Whiter and Brighter

At Marconi Dental Group, we’re happy to assess your child’s tooth formation to determine if everything is healthy, appropriately colored, and review whitening options that are available. It may be something that’s simple enough for an over the counter whitening strip to correct!

Schedule your son or daughter’s next check-up with our Carmichael dentist, so that we can help.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.