The Causes of Black Stained Teeth in Children and Ways of Treatment

Karimi, M., D.M.D., B.S.

Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Sepideh Dental Clinic, Iran

Dr. Karimi, M., D.M.D., B.S., Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Sepideh Dental Clinic, Iran.

Keywords: Caries; Stains; Iron Drop; Infections; Drug Metabolism; Enamel; Calcium; Prevention; Treatment


The most common causes of blackening of teeth are caries or cavities that should be addressed as soon as possible. On the other hand, the blackening of the teeth may be the result of stains formation on their surfaces. Children's teeth cause distress and discomfort to the parents. This problem can occur for various reasons such as the use of iron drop, the application of some toothpaste and mouthwashes, infections, drug metabolism, and so on. Different foods and drinks can leave colored spots on the teeth surfaces and make the teeth blacken. The main color of the teeth is largely influenced by the calcium in the outer layer of the tooth, which is known as enamel.
Over time, stains that remain by eating food and drinking can make the teeth yellow or gray. However, if the children's teeth are turned black, the parents should seek dental consultations to find out the main reasons. There are some prevention ways and the treatment plan which can be offered by the pediatric dentists.

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