Adults are not the only ones who are conscious about their smiles; children too want to have bright, white teeth. While adults are free to choose and use most teeth whitening systems, to children it is a different case. Certain ingredients and the amount of whitening agents may not be best fitted for their use which can cause more harm than good.
To know more about teeth whitening options for children, here is a list of facts we at TeethBuddies Pediatric Dentistry have prepared.
Primary and Permanent Teeth
Baby (primary) teeth are normally whiter and smaller than the permanent (adult) teeth. Due to this, it is rather unnecessary to have children’s primary teeth, besides they will eventually fall out. That is also why one of the requirements for a child to be qualified for a teeth whitening procedure is if they already lost all their baby teeth.
There are two categories for children’s tooth discoloration
- Intrinsic stain (internal causes)
Intake of tetracycline during pregnancy or breastfeeding, trauma or damage on the nerve, medical condition that affects the development of the teeth during pregnancy or infant years, development of cavities, and excessive fluoride intake.
- Extrinsic stains (external causes)
Decalcification of the enamel after braces, intense colored foods and beverages, vitamin supplements with iron, tooth infection or trauma, and poor dental hygiene that caused plaque to build up on teeth.
Over the counter whitening strips are a no-no
Since this product is for adult use, the strips may be too big for the mouth of children. As a result, the strip with the whitening agent may cause the soft tissues in the mouth to be irritated. To eliminate the burning sensation and burns, cutting the strips to get a better fit may be a good idea, but its hydrogen peroxide content is still too high for a child.
No for whitening toothpaste
Parents may think that toothpaste is the perfect whitening product to use at home, but it can actually be too abrasive for children’s teeth. Since the toothpaste work by scrubbing off the stains in the enamel, it can over time expose the dentin that can heighten the teeth’s sensitivity.
The best choice for children’s teeth whitening? The one with the touch of dental professionals performed in dental offices. Proper evaluation is performed first to make sure that the child is fully qualified to undergo the procedure to guarantee excellent results and safety.
Your children also deserve outstanding dental care services. We provide tooth whitening Cosmetic Dentistry in Milpitas, CA. Book your appointment with us at TeethBuddies Pediatric Dentistry and let us help them achieve beautiful and healthy teeth!