My 8 1/2 month old son has cut his first 4 teeth. As his bottom teeth have been coming up more and more, my husband and I have noticed that in the center of his two teeth are small black marks. At first, we thought that some food had lodged in the middle of his two teeth, but after brushing them, the marks are not going away. I am planning on contacting my dentist about it, but I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar issue with their infants' teeth. Please keep in mind that he has never gone to bed with a bottle and has never had any juice or anything that would damage his tiny teeth.

Has anyone ever had any issues with their child's teeth being discolored? Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to what the cause of it could be?

asked 28 Oct '09, 01:45

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I would definitely check with your dentist and/or doctor - but just as a word of reassurance, one of our twins has a very discoloured tooth. We believe he fell over in a playground and damaged it that way - but it's been like that for over a year, with no ill effects other than making photos slightly less attractive. He's never complained about it hurting, and he can use it perfectly well for eating. The nice thing about milk teeth is that with any luck when they come out in a few years, the replacements will be nice and healthy.

Now obviously I hope for your sake that your son's spots are less permanent than that - I just wanted to say that if it is permanent, it doesn't mean it's necessarily going to hurt him or cause him any problems.

I would suggest you make an appointment with someone rather more qualified very soon though.


answered 28 Oct '09, 07:16

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My sister and I had discolored teeth very young that turned out to be caused by high levels of fluoride added to the water in our area. It was a dark brownish / black color that was mostly in the enamel and not the lower layers of our teeth.

This faded with some peroxide treatments and getting water from a purer source than the tap.

Of course I'm not sure this is the case for you, but it's certainly possible.


answered 29 Oct '09, 03:18

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I know this is an older question, but I tripped across this link from the Mayo Clinic today:

Discolored baby teeth: A cause for concern?

It lists possible causes of tooth discolouration including: medication use (both pre-nantal and infant medication), weak enamel, injury, excessive fluoride, and jaundice to name a few.

I would definitely see a dentist if you're concerned.


answered 18 Nov '09, 23:42

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Two of my front milk teeth had no enamel on them. They came through that way. They were a sort of dark yellow colour, which is the dentine (?) underneath. Apparently my photo is now in some dentist textbook. Apart from being teased a little, they didn't cause me to suffer.


answered 27 Jan '11, 16:31

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