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Posted by Dawn on May 04, 2000 at 23:38:04:

In Reply to: Re: Stained teeth posted by Brad on May 04, 2000 at 14:03:21:

: : Hi. My son is 4 years old. He has had brown stains on his two front teeth since he was like 1 and 1/2 years old. The other teeth are fine. My dentist asked if he had an injury there, but he hasn't. He doesnt know what has caused this. He says to wait until they fall out and they should come back in normal. I sure hope so, cause it's not very nice to look at. Anyone have any idea what this could be? He brushes his teeth regularly.
: Dawn, its sounds to me like your child has some intrinsic stains that developed in the enamel and possibly dentin of the teeth when they were being formed. I would imagine that the stains were there when the teeth erupted or may have gotten darker as time has gone along. The cause of this unfortunately is very hard to determine as several variables may have led to this. If it is intrinsic staining within the enamel that appears yellowish/opaquish/or brownish then is occured at the time that the enamel of that tooth was developing in your child wich can be as early as 6 weeks in-.utero. The abnormal enamel occurs when there is a disruption in the development process. This means that if you were ill while you were pregnant and ran a fever so also did your child and that high fever may have caused the alteration in the look of the enamel. Other possiblilities may be that soon after the child was born the child may have "bumped" its upper gum before the teeth erupted causing the imperfection. This theory is less likely because in all likelihood the part of the tooth that has the stain was already developed after birth. Another possibility could be excessive fluoride in the water which leads to fluorosis which is a generalized staining brown of the teeth sop other teeth would be involved. It also depends on where you live ie. Texas is known for naturally high fluoride in the ground water.
: So I assume that at the exact moment that that part of the teeth were developing they experienced something that caused a disruption in the enamel making process altering its makeup and color. This does mean that the enamel that is discolored may not be as strong as it should be but since its on baby teeth, the thought that they will fall out and the permanent teeth that come in will hopefully have a better esthetic appearance. Hope this helps

Thanks Brad. I live in Baltimore. I don't know about the floride in the water and I wasn't sick when I was pregnant. So who knows? I just hope his adult teeth come in fine. But it is very weird that it is just his two front teeth.

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