Do you find yourself asking, “Why is my son’s tooth turning grey?” When bacteria infects a tooth due to decay or trauma, the area can become discolored. Other sources can also damage teeth and put your child’s smile at risk.
It’s a good idea to consult your dentist at the first signs of discoloration.
While tooth decay is the most common reason to turn your son’s tooth grey, there are several other factors that could have caused it. First, determine whether the source of discoloration is internal or external.
Active children are likely to get injured from running around and hitting their teeth on objects. Nearly 8–30% of children under 7 have suffered an accident that results in an injured baby front tooth. An outside force (trauma) can cause the blood vessels in your child’s tooth to break.
This ultimately causes the blood to become visible through the enamel—turning your son’s or daughter’s tooth grey. Children that play sports should wear mouth guards to protect their teeth and prevent tooth discoloration.
If your child eats and drinks a lot of sugar, he or she may be susceptible to discoloration and decay. It’s important to encourage healthy habits early, like drinking water, to avoid discoloration and the buildup of plaque that can cause discoloration and cavities.
Many cases can be resolved over time, and won’t warrant removal or surgery. For external discoloration, treatment could involve fillings, cleaning, a root canal, or a number of other procedures to save the tooth. If your son’s grey tooth is a primary tooth, and there’s no damage to the surrounding gums, then your dentist may recommend that the tooth fall out naturally.
It’s up to your dentist to evaluate the area and decide whether or not corrective measures should be taken. For quality, affordable care, consult Kool Smiles dentists.
Treatment for your son’s discolored teeth include:
When your son’s or daughter’s teeth turn grey, you can expect high-quality, low-cost dental care at a Kool Smiles location near you. At Kool Smiles, we brighten smiles on children and adults every day. We proudly practice in over 120 locations across the country.
Our family-friendly offices accept Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP—as well as other payment plans based on your budget.
Call us today or find a location near you to schedule an appointment.
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