We all want the very best for our kids – and that includes a bright, healthy smile. It may seem like young people’s teeth should be naturally white, but even kids can have yellowing or staining for different reasons. If you think your child could benefit from whitening treatment, is it OK to do it? Read on to learn more about this topic and possible treatment options.
Why Are My Child’s Teeth Yellow?
One of the first things you may wonder is why your child’s teeth don’t appear white and bright. This is actually a common occurrence, and there may be different reasons.
In some cases, discoloration or yellowing may be attributed to causes such as medications, trauma, or genetics. Also, oral hygiene can play an important role. For example, failure to keep up with daily brushing and flossing can cause plaque and tartar to develop, resulting in the yellowing of teeth. To avoid this, be sure to practice good hygiene and attend regular dentist appointments with your child.
Is Teeth Whitening an Option?
If your child is keeping up with their oral hygiene but simply can’t get the bright smile they want, don’t despair. You’re not alone! Now more than ever, kids and teens regularly see images of people on social media and TV with bright white smiles. They want to look their best, too.
As more parents inquire about whitening for their kids, here’s what the experts say.
Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Views about whitening for kids continue to evolve. For example, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recognized that the desire for dental whitening by pediatric and adolescent patients has increased.
To help provide guidance on this topic, they have issued a policy statement acknowledging that teeth whitening procedures that have been shown to be safe may be beneficial for children and adolescents. Additionally, they have advised that, “Bleaching by young patients should be supervised by an adult and under the guidance of a dentist.”
Teen-Safe Pediatric Whitening Services
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. Here at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, we offer professional-grade, teen-safe home bleaching supervised by our doctors as well as in-office options. If you’d like to learn more, our team is happy to talk with you about this process. We also advise you to speak to your doctor to see if this procedure is correct for your child.
Whitening Risks to Keep in Mind
Again, it’s important to follow the guidance of your doctor when it comes to teeth whitening for your kids. Whitening products may cause problems if not used properly. Risks may include:
- Damage to the gums
- Injury to the nerves or pulp / sensitivity
- Inability to whiten existing restorations causing them to no longer match.
Want to Learn More?
If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening for your child, Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental is here for you. We will always explain your options, whether your child needs whitening treatment or other services such as cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments, and more. For all your pediatric dental needs, you can count on us.