Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sonja Schwulst | 2010-12-14

Q.

Toddler''s teeth turning a bit yellow

My 18 month old has 12 teeth. Recently we noticed that they seem to be developing a slight yellow colour. We have recently started brushing twice a day (before this it was evenings only). We have also started with Xgel, recommended by the clinic, about a month ago. She has also been on Zymaflour since she was 6 months old (on advice from her paediatrician due to the water quality in Cape Town). Could any of this be causing the yellow colour or are there other possible causes? Should we be taking her to a dentist or paediatrician to take a look? Is this normal?
Thank you

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Cape Town's water is flouridated as far as I am aware, so it is not usually necessary to give your little toddler any extra flouride. Excess flouride may cause some changes on the colour of teeth but this is usually white spots, not a yellow colour. A yellow colour may be caused by plaque or by certain supplements especially iron eg Vidaylin with Iron. There have been occasional reports of children's teeth having developed a yellow colour after certain antibiotics such as amoxycillin and amoxycillin/clavulanate.Brush your little girl's teeth with a toothpaste containing bicarbonate of soda [you will need to use an adult toothpaste for this] Stop the flouride and also any extra vitamins and iron if she is indeed taking them. If her teeth do not improve with brushing it would be a good idea to consult a dentist.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-12-14

hey sonja
is your little one drinking rooibos? it can stain their teeth a bit, just try to dilute it a bit more. also, too much fluoride can also stain teeth but its more like dark spots. hope this helps.

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