Dr. Terry Teo of The Dental Studio is back answering all your questions related to kids' dental problems. In this article, he focuses on queries related to cosmetic issues...
When it comes kids’ dental health problems, it’s always good to get the advice of a qualified dental health professional such as Dr. Terry Teo of The Dental Studio.
You might have already been introduced to Dr. Teo in a previous article published on theAsianparent.com. But if you’ve missed reading it, he is a specialist paediatric dentist with years of experience handling a wide range of kids’ dental issues. His interest lies specifically in the field of paediatric behaviour management.
In an earlier article, Dr. Teo answered your questions on Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and your children’s dental hygiene routines. In this article, he answers the questions you, our readers, sent in related primarily to kids’ cosmetic dental issues.
Please note that the following information has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Q: My five-year-old child has a front tooth that is slightly off-white. From certain angles, it looks slightly green. I have brought him twice to a dentist for polishing but it’s not going off. Could it therefore be internal discolouration? How do I go about clearing it up?
A: If it is only one tooth that is slightly discoloured, then you are probably right in that the discolouration is internal. The likely cause is trauma to the tooth as a result of a knock or fall that may have occurred when your child was much younger, resulting in damage or death of the nerve inside it.
Sometimes, this happens even without the knowledge of the parents, especially in kids who are very active and “accident-prone.” Only a dental evaluation will confirm this diagnosis, and the treatment options depend on what signs and symptoms your child has experienced. It is possible that no treatment is required at all if there is no sign of infection and you can live with the discolouration until the tooth drops out when older.
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