Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?


Yellowing teeth. That’s a problem that only adults who have poor brushing habits face, right? Wrong. It is actually quite common for children in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade to suffer from yellowing teeth. It may be shocking to see your little ones with the chompers of someone 10 times their age, but have no fear, yellowing teeth in minors is an easily remedied condition.

Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?

Growing Pains

The most common reason for yellow teeth in young children is the inherent difference between baby teeth and permanent teeth as well as the difference between young and older permanent teeth.

kid at dentist check upWhen your child’s permanent teeth first come in they are 300% bigger than your child’s baby teeth. This means that the tooth is more transparent and hollow, giving off a more yellow appearance overtime these issues will remedy themselves, provided you stick to a solid home care regimen of brushing and flossing. The hollowness of young permanent teeth can also explain why your child might be sensitive to ice cream or cold beverages.


Outside of the natural yellow color that occurs in young children, your child may be suffering from an aesthetic condition known as fluorosis. Fluorosis is a splotchy discoloration on the teeth caused by the over-consumption of fluoride. In the past, fluorosis was attributed to high-levels of fluoride in the U.S. water supply.

However, the biggest culprit is simply mouthwash with added fluoride. That’s why we always recommend that your children refrain from using fluoridated mouthwash until after their 10th birthday.

Fluorosis is easily treated by simply seceded the use of fluoride in your child’s daily homecare regimen.

Food & Drink

Just like adults, children need to watch what they eat when it comes to their teeth! Food and drinks that contain high-levels of sugar can easily discolor and damage teeth, especially in young children. The more soda pop and candy that your child eats, the worse the teeth discoloration becomes. Additionally, high-sugar foods can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems like diabetes. Moderation is the name of the game when it comes to sugar!

If you are concerned about discoloration in your child’s teeth, give us a call today to set up an appointment! We specialize in pediatric dentistry and will be able to get your child’s smile happy and healthy in no time!