There are many dental questions parents have about their children. A common question people have is whether or not they can bleach their baby’s teeth.
The short answer here is no. However, there are a few reasons why this is not advisable which parents should understand so they can provide the best possible care to their child.
Why Parents Consider Bleaching
There are several reasons why a parent may want to bleach their child’s teeth and it all boils down to wanting their teeth to look their best. The teeth may have milk rot, lack or proper brushing or other issues that have caused them look yellow or rotted. While this may not be the prettiest thing, it is important to realize why it is not a good idea to bleach a child’s teeth.
The Teeth are Not Fully Developed
The teeth are not fully developed until a child reaches their late teens, generally between 16 and 18. This is why most whitening products are aimed at adults and not children. Applying bleaching formulas on the teeth before they are fully formed can cause several issues, the most common of which being tooth sensitivity which the child may suffer from their entire life.
Baby Teeth Will Fall Out
While the sight of discolored baby teeth may not be appealing, parents should remember these will fall out in due time. Most children have most of their adult teeth by the time they hit puberty. Some parents choose to make the best of the situation with discolored teeth by showing their child the importance of proper dental hygiene from the time they are small. This can help to keep their teeth as white as possible when they get older.
How to Treat Discolored Teeth Without Bleach
It is never advisable to try to whiten children’s teeth at home. This should always be done in the safety of a dental office. The best thing a parent can do is to talk with the dentist about their concerns with their child’s teeth. The problem may be resolved or at least made better by a deep cleaning. However, there are some circumstances, like damaged teeth, where there will be no way to treat the problem. Parents may just have to wait for the tooth to come out on its own. At Jamboree Dentistry, we want the best treatment for your child.