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Sat, 21 May 2005
My Story...

I noticed a problem when my little boy was about 6 months old. His two bottom front teeth, that had been so pearly white, were getting gray/black stains on them! The stains started right between the bottom front two. Then, I started to notice that his top 4 teeth (a couple of months later) started to have light gray stains on them...kind of vertical stripes. And every tooth in his mouth was gray/black on the back!! I was worried sick. I took him to my friend, who is a pediatric hygienist, and she scraped the stains off with her dental instruments. I was amazed that they came off, because I had scrubbed and scrubbed, with no luck. Well, the stains were back within a week or so. So, when I took my little boy to the pediatrician for a sinus infection one day, I asked the dr. He said that his little boy had the same thing! They had taken him to the dentist, and found out that there is a transparent coating/film that sometimes stays on baby teeth as they come in. This coating is very "stainable" and should go away as the teeth come all the way in...eventually. This really eased my mind, but I still wasn't convinced. I decided to talk to the dentist, and she said that was absolutely correct! And she also said that it's much more common than people think. In her words, "We see it all the time." Amy
Posted 16:18

54 comments


Baking soda
I have been extremely disappointed to find dark brown stains on my daughter's teeth since I started brushing the minute her teeth made their appearance. These stains are extremely stubborn and don't come off with regular brushing - but they do come off which is why I know it is not decay. After much searching I came across the idea of baking soda as a cleaning agent. So every couple of weeks I embark on a cleaning operation while she is sleeping. I take a wooden toothpick, break off the sharp point and press it down so that it becomes a bit like a hard brush. I wet the toothpick and then dip it into undiluted baking soda and use it to brush the fronts of her teeth. Unfortunately this method does not allow me to get to the back of her teeth, but it removes most of the obvious stains. I have been dreading taking her to a dentist as I have no idea how we are going to get her to sit quietly through all of that.
Posted by Corina


Lauren's story
I have Dendinogenesis Imperfecta, which is a genetic dental disorder that I have passed on to my daughter Lauren. (who just turned one and has 8 teeth). Just so you know what I am talking about...the explanation I found off the net (WebMD) is: "Genetic dental disorder characterized by rapid erosion of crowns of the baby and permanent teeth soon after they erupt. The inside of the teeth (dental pulp), which is filled with blood vessels and nerve endings, is usually exposed." This can be related to Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and there are a few different types of the disorder (we think Lauren has type II, the dental form but not brittle bone) It is difficult to find websites with relevant information. There is no cure, and really nothing that can be done to fix this... all that we can do is try to keep the teeth in the best shape as possible and do any cosmetic dentistry that Lauren requests once she gets old enough to become embarrased about her teeth - which I know from experience that she will. Eventually, depending on the severity, she may end up with dentures, which is, in my opinion the most common outcome. It not only affects the appearance of the teeth causing them to be discoloured, but you are also more prone to cavities and breakage. Teeth are very weak as there is no enamel to protect the teeth. This is a very painful disorder the deal with, not only physically, but emotionally as well. I wanted to share our story in hopes of reaching others who are dealing with this same disorder or something similar - or even just to let them know that they are no alone. I did not have a support system growing up, other than my mom, who also has the disorder, and I wanted better for my daughter.   
Posted by Michelle


Dentinogenesis Imperfecta
Our son, Daniel, 18 months old, has Dentinogenesis Imperfecta. We didn't know he had this all along. A couple of months ago, we started noticing his teeth go brown by the gumlines. When our son was 2 months old, we found out he has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bone disease) , he has the milder type. I just cant stress enough, that if you see your baby have teeth discoloration, to ask a pediatric dentist if your child could possibly have Dentinogenesis Imperfecta. Because there is also a strong link with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Having this diagnosis can save your family from a lot of grief in the long run especially if your child also has O.I (even a mild form like my son). Its very important, to get that ruled out as well
Posted by Sara


Brown spots - back of front teeth
Hi there- thanks for this site. When my daughter was a baby-- I noticed white spots on her front teeth. Now that she is 21 months.....her two front teeth are discolored - but it seems to be mainly from brown spots on the BACK of her teeth. I have an appt with a ped dentist (JAN)...but may just try to get her in to a reg dentist. Any thoughts?
Posted by Shannon


Greying teeth
Hi-I am going crazy trying to figure out what is happening to my 3 year old sons teeth. Just 2 mos ago he had beautiful white teeth and I recently put him on the SCD diet and started using concord grape juice and thats when I noticed his teeth greying. However he has not had grape juice in 4 weeks now and his teeth are getting worse. I have a dentist appt for him this coming Wed., but am scared of what they are going to tell me. His teeth are grey and his top 4 have black on the back of them. He is 3 so I don't know if he could possibly have the same thing as Amy wrote about. Is he too old? If so does it just go away on it's own? I have been told that his teeth could be demineralizing and I am supplementing him with calcium and magnesium. Thanks for the website, if nothing else I can express my fear. I'll let you know what the dentists says. Thanks, Darci
Posted by Darci Klotz


Black/grey spots on my baby's teeth
Hi. I have had a similar problem with my son's teeth. When they came in, they were pearly white, but as time progressed, I started to notice greyish black spots on his the front of his two bottom teeth and the back of these teeth were totally grey. I brushed and brushed them but it didn't make a difference. He was around 8 months old at this time and with his second two teeth approaching, I wanted to make sure this would not happen with all of them. I made an appointment with a pediatric dentist. He took one look, smiled, and told me that they were just discolorations from iron and that he has seen that many times before. He said that he could easily clean the spots off (assuming my 8 mo. old would sit still long enough for him to clean them). That was certainly not going to happen :) My son had been on a popular formula "with iron", so he suggested talking to my pediatrician about a low iron formula and to brush in the morning and evening (more than that was not necessary). I talked to my pediatrician, switched to the low iron version of the formula and now, a week and half later, the stains are almost gone! Another week or so and I expect them to be back to pearly white! Hope this helps!!!
Posted by Vanessa


Thanks for your website!!
My daughter is 6 1/2 months and a couple weeks ago I noticed her two bottom front teeth "greying" in the middle and the back sides. I began fretting that they were cavities but that seemed impossible due to she only got them at 5 months and I had never given her juice nor had I given her a bottle to bed. I don't have insurance and can't afford to take her to the dentist. So I have been scouring the internet to see if anyone else had this problem with their infants. And I am so thankful to have come across your site. I am glad to know that my daughter isn't the only one and that in most cases this isn't a severe problem. I am still going to contact her doctor and make sure he doesn't see a problem with it. Thank you so much for making this wonderful site!!
Posted by Darcy


Yes...Baking soda
After reading Corina's idea about baking soda, I tried this method on my 7 month old son who just recently had greying streaks on his bottom four teeth, front and back! I was very upset to see this, thinking his teeth would eventually just turn completely black. I called the pediatrician who said there was nothing that could be done, but to contact a dentist. I then called a neighbor who is a dentist and he said it was probably from an antibiotic taken during pregnancy when my son's teeth were forming (which the nurse also concluded). After reading a lot of the posts on babycenter.com, I found out that it seemed a lot more common than I expected, and that it is most likely an iron build-up from formula. I tried using baking soda on a broken off moistened toothpick, and the grey streaks came right off. Now, I really scrub his teeth with a burp cloth or toothbrush after every bottle and cereal feeding to try to avoid further iron build-up. I also give him a few sips of water out of a sippy cup. So far, so good. I will be investigating further with my dentist later this month when I go for my check-up because there are still significant stains on the backs of his teeth that I can't get to. I am just so relieved that the stains can be removed. Good luck to all of you moms out there! Oprah was right! We have the hardest job out there, but it is well worth it!
Posted by Melissa


Dark Discoloration - Top Tooth
In September 2005, I asked my doctor for a multi- vitamin with iron because I noticed dark circles under my childs eyes and thought the extra iron in his diet would help. In November of 2005, I noticed his top front tooth had a gray color discoloration. I am sure this is from the Iron in the vitamin.
Posted by ginny


Relieved to Find This Site!
My son is almost 8 months old and has had his two bottom incisors since he was 5 months old. Like many of the other moms they were beautiful & white...until today I noticed they were grey on the back of his teeth. I was mortified! He doesn't ever go to bed with a bottle & I always try to wipe his teeth & gums with either a wash cloth or the finger tip toothbrush. I was convinced I was a horrible mom for letting my baby's teeth rot!!! I can't describe the relief I felt when I began reading posts at Baby Center. My son takes formula that has extra iron in it plus his cereal has iron in it which has a good chance of being the culprit...the same as the other moms. I feel like a good mom again!!! Thank you!!!!
Posted by Cindy


gray baby teeth
I have a seven month old who has two central lower teeth. This is my third child and I have to say I was completely surprised when I saw my son's teeth turn gray in the front and black in the back ( towards the gum line). I did bring it to the attention of a pediatric dentist and he did use a polisher to remove the stains. He was not able to get to the back of my son's teeth without causing some bleeding and told me that he would have to wait until the teeth were fully erupted. The dentist told me he sees this ALL the time and believes it is caused from the iron in the formula. However, I nursed my other two boys for the first four months and then gave them formula and they have not had any problems with discolored teeth (ages 8 and 3 1/2) but my third child has. The removal of my child's stains were short lived. I brush them everyday after every meal and they still look the same. He doesn't drink juice and never goes to bed with a bottle. It bothers me a great deal and I am really concerned that all of his teeth will look like this. I am looking forward to hearing some additional advice from other moms.
Posted by Katie


graying toddler teeth
I noticed about 2 weeks ago that my 16 1/2 month olds pearly whites were graying in the front top. He had already had his 1st dental visit but they weren't graying then. He drinks purchased Nursery Water (which contains fluoride) as his formula base, does not drink juice and I try and brush his teeth twice-in the morning after breakfast and night before bed with a finger brush and Gerbers toddler and gum cleanser. Last night when my husband mentioned the graying of his teeth I panicked...I'm a lousy mother! Did I give him too much fluoride in the Nursery water? Not enough fluoride in the nursery water? I did not sleep all last night thinking about my little boy and that I need to take him to the dentist again. Then I remembered Internet and found several..no..many reports of the same condition and how it is usually just a film or coating that develops on new first teeth. I also know that iron can easily stain teeth (he is on Parents Choice with iron formula) and remember that baking soda always was recommended when I was young to whiten teeth. I feel better now after reading everyone's comments and finding your site. I will try switching his formula to one slightly lower in iron and will gently rub his front teeth with a soft cloth and baking soda paste. Will let you know how it works out. Thanks for all your comments.
Posted by K. Morales


Pearly Grays
I'm thrilled to have found your website and all the comments! My 20 month-old's teeth have developed a grayish tinge and I've had a nagging sense of guilt about it for quite a while. She's been taking multi-vitamin with iron drops and it sounds like it might be the iron staining her teeth. I can't wait to try the toothpick and baking soda trick. What a relief. Thanks, Amy.
Posted by Jill Mayer


Mustard Yellow Stripes on baby teeth.
My 12 month old (I just noticed this) has developed yellow stripes down the front of his top two teeth...Does ANYONE know anything about this he has 10 teeth total and they are all ok with the exception of the two front teeth (top)


3 black dots on the bottom two teeth
My 7 month old has two bottom teeth, they started out being nice and white and I noticed on the backs of both teeth their are 3 black dots on both of them. Also I noticed that between her teeth it's starting to turn a little black. I've read some of the other comments about the iron being a problem in the formula but I've been breastfeeding this whole time and have just started to ween to formula, does anyone have any other suggestions to why this is happening?
Posted by Tricia


saliva
My 15 month old daughter had grayish staining on her teeth that appeared almost suddenly. I took her to a pediatric dentist who cleaned them and got most of the staining off. After 2 weeks, the staining had returned. I called his office and the nurse informed me that it could just be something in her saliva causing the staining. He said her teeth looked healthy and it that it looked worse than it was. I scheduled her for another cleaning in 6 months--he said it should be fine and would not harm her teeth.
Posted by Tiffany


Graying backs of bottom 2 teeth
My son is 12 months old and has only had his 2 bottom teeth for about 2 months now. I just noticed the only 2 teeth he has graying in between them and on the backs. Now, I should know better than to put a baby to bed with a bottle since I have 3 other children. But, I have put him to bed with a bottle, however he only really "fell asleep" with it in his mouth a few times and has only had his teeth for 2 months now. I know his formula has iron in it and his cereal too, but this never happened to my other children's teeth, who also had the same formula and cereal. I feel like a terrible mother because I feel I knowingly let this happen. Can anyone help? I think I'm the only one on this site who has put their baby to bed with a bottle and I feel just terrible. Have I ruined my child's teeth? Could it be the iron since he's only had his teeth for just 2 months now? Please give me some advice or peace of mind for my carelessness. And thanks for the other comments. I have found them sooo helpful and informative.
Posted by Anonymous


Thank You!
I feel like a weight has been lifted! My 2 year old daughter had a slightly elevated blood lead level. So I started giving her a multi vitamin, calcium tablets, chlorophyll and increased her iron with raisins and molasses. Well, in the last few months her front 8 teeth (top and bottom) turned grey from the gumline to the middle- and only seem to be getting worse. I was on minocycline for about 10 days in the first trimester before I knew I was pregnant - but from what I've read, that's more harmful in the last 2 trimesters. I'm praying that it's what Amy discoverd and my daughter's teeth are just suseptible to stains and they will grow out of it. Her teeth have always seemed to have weak enamel, so maybe they are even more prone to this common grey staining. Thank you for this site and the peace of mind.
Posted by Melanie


Bad Mother??
My son is 15 months old and I recently noticed some stains on his teeth. He has a grey stain on his top front tooth just below the gumline. He also has some black/grey spot on and in between his bottom teeth. And just yesterday I noticed that one of his top teeth is discolored in the back as well. I feel awful! I have tried to do everything possible to take care of his teeth - he has never taken a bottle, doesn't drink juice, has very few sweets and I brush his teeth daily. I have read about the iron build- up however I am concerned that that is not his problem because he doesn't drink formula with iron in it. I have a dentist appointment for his tomorrow but am very afraid that he may have tooth decay (nevermind the fact that there is no way that he is going to let the dentist into his mouth (he hates it when I try to look in there!). Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Posted by Nicky


Grey Teeth Problem and Soultion!
I noticed grey stains on my 11-month-old baby girl. It was on her top four front teeth and seemed to start at the gum line and proceeded down to about the midway point on her teeth. I immediately scheduled a dentist appointment with a Pediatric Dentist. In the interim, I started brushing her teeth with a baby tooth brush and baby toothpaste (fluoride free). I have never given her fluoride and she never goes to sleep with a bottle. The discoloration was quite disturbing. I spent a fair amount of time researching the "what if's" on the internet (which made me freak out) but tried to remain calm. Even with brushing her teeth, I did not notice a difference in her tooth color. They remained grey. Today was our dentist appointment. The dentist started to scrape her teeth and to my dismay, they were COVERED WITH PLAQUE! I felt horrible. He had to polish her teeth in order to remove it. She HATED it, mainly because I had to hold her still. I was surprised to see so much plaque in her mouth. It looked as though someone had taken a butter knife and shaved candle wax into her mouth. Afterwards he wiped them clean with a piece of gauze. Her teeth looked better, but I still think they look a little grey. He said that it was nothing to worry about. So, there you have it. I wanted to have a "solution" before I posted my message, as to offer some hope to those of you out there. I will be brushing her teeth quite regularly from now on! Best of luck to those of you out there! Mom of 2
Posted by Mom of 2


Grey Teeth Problem and Soultion!
I noticed grey stains on my 11-month-old baby girl. It was on her top four front teeth and seemed to start at the gum line and proceeded down to about the midway point on her teeth. I immediately scheduled a dentist appointment with a Pediatric Dentist. In the interim, I started brushing her teeth with a baby tooth brush and baby toothpaste (fluoride free). I have never given her fluoride and she never goes to sleep with a bottle. The discoloration was quite disturbing. I spent a fair amount of time researching the "what if's" on the internet (which made me freak out) but tried to remain calm. Even with brushing her teeth, I did not notice a difference in her tooth color. They remained grey. Today was our dentist appointment. The dentist started to scrape her teeth and to my dismay, they were COVERED WITH PLAQUE! I felt horrible. He had to polish her teeth in order to remove it. She HATED it, mainly because I had to hold her still. I was surprised to see so much plaque in her mouth. It looked as though someone had taken a butter knife and shaved candle wax into her mouth. Afterwards he wiped them clean with a piece of gauze. Her teeth looked better, but I still think they look a little grey. He said that it was nothing to worry about. So, there you have it. I wanted to have a "solution" before I posted my message, as to offer some hope to those of you out there. I will be brushing her teeth quite regularly from now on! Best of luck to those of you out there! Mom of 2
Posted by Mom of 2


Grey Teeth
My baby is 15 months old and I have started to notice within the past few months that my her top two teeth are considerably grey. She only has four teeth, but the bottom two seem perfectly fine. The top two are the one's that concern me. She does take a vitamin every night, which is a Poly Vitamin drop with Flouride. Do you think that is causing the discoloration? I think I should make a dentist appt. for her but I know she will not sit still during it? Any info. would be great, Thanks!!
Posted by Jen


brown spot
Our 2-year old son has a light brown spot on one of his back molars. We're hoping it's not a cavity. We're looking around of a pediatric dentist to be sure. Meanwhile, he DOES go to bed with a bottle of formula -- a habit we're stopping effective immediately. We do try and brush his teeth every night, but he's a nightmare about it. We have to hold him down, screaming. It seems traumatic... but we only imagine that getting toddler fillings or root canals would be even more frightening for him. We'll try cleaning the stain while he sleeps. Meanwhile... sheesh...
Posted by Jack


dark gray tooth
My son is 8 months old and has had two bottom teeth since he was 6 months old. I just noticed that his bottom right tooth appears to be dark gray. The teeth have not erupted very far yet; however, I made an appointment with a pediatric dentist for January. I am sooo worried. I have used Nursery water to prepare his powder formula, and I read that this water contains too much flouride and cause a condition called fluorosis. After reading the comments on this site, I am hoping that it is only an iron build up from his formula and baby food. Nevertheless, I am still worried.....
Posted by Candace


dark gray tooth
My son is 8 months old and has had two bottom teeth since he was 6 months old. I just noticed that his bottom right tooth appears to be dark gray. The teeth have not erupted very far yet; however, I made an appointment with a pediatric dentist for January. I am sooo worried. I have used Nursery water to prepare his powder formula, and I read that this water contains too much flouride and cause a condition called fluorosis. After reading the comments on this site, I am hoping that it is only an iron build up from his formula and baby food. Nevertheless, I am still worried.....
Posted by Candace


black stain
I've just noticed today black stain on my baby's first tooth. It's only about 25% erupted and I can't understand why it would've occured. He's still taking breastmilk...could it be from the multivitamin or oatmeal? He won't let me clean his teeth..I'll try the sleeping technique. So baking soda is safe to use? I will also go to the pediatric dentist in the new year to ease my mind. Will all his teeth be like this?
Posted by nat


Grey Tooth
Hi I was reading all of your post in hopes to find some sort of answer to why my 3 year old sons tooth mysteriously turned gray in a matter of days. I brush his teeth regularly he drinks water takes, vitamins. NOTHING has changed! but out of no where I have noticed his top tooth is gray, It actually looks like he was drinking grape kool-aid and it only stained that tooth. I'm a worrying mother who has a habit of reading to! Much and while searching the net for a reason I came across this.... "Answer Blackening of teeth could be due to a variety of causes such as drug ingestion such as tetracycline, iron. If one tooth is blackening, it could suggest a bleed in the tooth and a hematoma. You need to show to a pediatric dentist to find out the exact cause." Ok so now I'm FLIPPING OUT!!! Hematoma sounds so ... BAD. Is anyone familiar with this? I ask this because everyone on here is talking about 12month 8-7 MONTH and my son is 3 years old. Thank you
Posted by Tanya


BAKING SODA--IT WORKS
When I SAW THE "GREYISH/BROWN" SPOTS OM MY 10 MONTHS OLD TEETH I TRIED TO SCRUB IT OUT TO NO EFFECT. SO I WENT TO THE DENTIST WHO CONCLUDED THAT MY BABY'S TEETH WERE PERMANENTLY STAINED. HIS DENTAL ASSISTANT THOUGHT IT WAS THE FIRST SIGN OF DECAY. THEY DID NOT BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAID IT HAD JUST APPEARED A FEW DAYS BEFORE. SO UPSET FROM MY THAT DENTIST VISIT--I FOUND THIS WEBSITE---THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GREAT IDEAS-- I TRIED THE BAKING SODA ON THE TOOTH PLCK AND IT WORKED---IMMEDIATELY--GOD BLESSING TO YOU ALL!
Posted by petula


gray teeth due to trauma
my 2 yr old girl hit her teeth and the top two turned gray and they have lightened some. The dentist said that they are dead? anyone have this happen?
Posted by lora ayers


Yellow and White Stains
So much has been written about gray stains, but does anyone have any information about yellowish/white stains? I just looked into my babies mouth and noticed the stains today. The teeth that are stained are not even fully in. Any help would be appreciated.?
Posted by Jill


Black stain in back of baby tooth.
My son is almost 7 months. He has two teeth on the bottom. I just noticed a couple of weeks ago that behind one tooth there is a black striped stain along it. Hes on soy iron fortified formula and I have heard that iron could do this. Hopefully, it is just the "protective film" with him also. I would appreciate any tips on how to get my son to let me look at his teeth without fighting me. I have tried everything and its next to impossible to get a good look at his tooth. Thanks a bunch.
Posted by Kerry


Yeah for Baking Soda!
I just wanted to say that I started to notice grayish spots on my 16mo old son's top teeth near the gum line. I quickly became worried and made him a dentist appt. for a few weeks from now. I brush his teeth 2x day but he fights me every time. so I saw that it was recommended to use a tooth pick and baking soda but I knew that trying to put a tooth pick in his mouth was going to be an all out war! So I just used a little baking soda on my finger and rubbed it across the front of his top teeth and now they are pearly white again. Yeah baking soda!
Posted by amber


Vertical Black stripes on Teeth
I had the same thing happen to my daughter at between the ages of 6-9 months. I took her to two different peds. One said it could be an illness or med she'd taken and that all teeth would have it (so far, all four do) and the other said it was too much or too little fluoride. I worried that it was due to the Mylicon I'd given her. She was very colicky and some days took the maximum dosage of it. The stripes are grey to black, and vertical almost in the middle of her previously pearly white teeth. This gives me some relief to read about them going away and possibly rubbing off. I write that I'm relieved, because aside from the Mylecon, my daughter was never sick, so therefore never took an antibiotic. Also, I didn't have fluoride as a kid and never got stripes on my teeth. (And a lack of fluoride is the only thing she possibly could have had...not an excess.) Thank goodness for the posting. It gives me another avenue to check.
Posted by Jennifer


It Worked!!!
At my son's 7 month sick visit my doctor looked in his throat and said "your son has stains on his two teeth!" I was taken back because I hand't noticed them before but there was black stains on the back of his two brand new teeth! I felt awful because I felt like I should have seen that and what did I do to cause that. He said "oh I've seen that before your baby had some trama when his teeth were forming there's nothing you can do there only baby teeth. The permenats should be just fine." All I could think about was how mean kids could be later in early school years. I tried to not let it bother me. Then at his nine month appointment he saw them again and repeated what he had told me last time. I knew I had NO TRAMA when I was pregnant! So I thought I would get online and see what I could find out and found this website THANK YOU GOD. I read all the similar stories and tried out the baking soda and it worked!!! I can't wait to call my doctor and inform him because he mentioned he is seeing it more often. I feel like 10 tons has just been lifted off my shoulders!! Thank you so much for having this website! Few healthcare professionals obviously know nothing about this issue!
Posted by Kristin


Echo the Panic and the Relief
I too panicked when all of a sudden my daughter's two teeth she's only had for two months were stained black. I had enamel problems on my baby teeth and a root canal by age three. So, even though I read this posting and felt pretty sure it was just iron, I took my daughter to a Pediatric Dentist. Alas, it was only staining, and in two seconds the dentist had removed what I couldn't get off with the baking soda. I too am feeding my daughter the Parent's Choice Soy Formula. I wonder if this brand/formulation is specifically worse for staining? I'll keep using it. I guess the money I save on formula has already been redirected to the dentist's pocket :)
Posted by V


transparent grey with vertical striped baby teeth
Hi, my son is 12 months old and is 2 bottom teeth which he has had for a couple of months is almost opaque grey and has vertical stripes on his teeth. I am totally freaked out by this and I am taking him to the dentist in the morning. What causes this and does anyone have any older children that went through this as an infant. Does it happen to all the teeth. He is just getting his first top tooth and it looks white. Can the dentist fix this or we wait till he eventually loses them? Thanks and if anyone could shed some light on this, that would be great!
Posted by Traci


Broken Hearted!!
I'm so glad that I found this forum! My pretty little girl is 15 months old and I noticed about a month ago that her teeth were getting brown stains. I brush her teeth 2x a day, she never has junk to eat, no juice only water and milk (and never in bed)... I'm sooo concerned, I had her teeth painted with Flouride last week and the Hygenist said it looked like Tetracycline staining (which I have never had nor has Laney). She also just got a new tooth in the last week and it has already stained as well. She has a Dentist appointment next week. These stains are worrying me so bad, thank you for the idea of baking soda... I'm going to try it right now!!
Posted by Amy


vitamins do it too
We found that the liquid vitamins that we were giving to our baby after supper were staining the backs of his teeth black. By temporarily backing off on the vitamins, we quickly noticed a significant improvement. I mean within a few days they got 50% better. Now need to find a replacement. Anyhow, it was a source about which we had not read in any literature. If you can't reason another source of iron or whatever, consider it's the vitamins.
Posted by Doug


Hope it is the iron!
I have an 11 month old who has his two bottom teeth since 7 months old and of course, they came out pearly white. Today, I noticed a greyish black streak between his teeth and that the base of his teeth, front and back were turning gray. After crying for about 20 minutes and feeling like an awful mom, I began to research the net about tooth decay. If you notice in the search engines, tooth decay spots are BROWN! When I googled infant gray teeth, I came upon this site. I will be calling my pediatrician tomorrow and will try the baking soda recommendation. However, my son drinks lots of juice, which will STOP tomorrow! I brush my son's teeth every morning and evening but began giving him the poly vi sol with iron about 5 days ago in his evening yogurt. I am hoping that the greying is coming from this. I know how you other mother's feel. If anything goes awry with your child, you feel like a complete failure! This is my first and so I only want the best for him. Good luck to all of you moms. I think it's safe to say that if you are reading this site, you are a CONCERNED mother and therefore, a GOOD MOTHER! :)
Posted by Alby's Mom


The baking soda works
I took the advice from here and tried the toothpick with baking soda and it worked like a charm on my son's 2 front teeth! I am amazed!!! Thank you to the mom that posted that remedy!!
Posted by Cathy


Black Striped Backs of Teef
Hi there everyone. My baby popped bottom two teeth in May and today, July 25th, I noticed by accident, that she has black stripes running up and down hte back of these teeth. About a month ago i noticed that she had a little black spot in between the two teeth. I thought no way could it be decay, i picked it with my nail and even ran some floss through there and no change. And then today noted the lines so me and my mom hit the internet. I too don't give her a bed bottle and she has never had juice...eats only proper baby food....AND Enfamil Premium with Lipil which she has been on since day one. I have the utmost confidence that it is iron stains from formula. One of the main factors in decay is bacteria and time. These babies have time on their side as their teeth are essentially brand new. The other thing that people are forgetting when they are in a tizzy about future teeth and staining and repair and a lifelong condition of some sort is....they aren't going to be on formula forever (possibly only another few months or so in most cases)....AND these teeth will be a distant memory in a few years! Second thing to remember when people are considering that they have over fluoridated their kids or under fluoridated them, or under-vitamined them or did or didn't eat too much or too little of something when they were pregnant to cause this, or didn't brush the baby teeth enough, or broshed them too much......when we were babies NO one gum brushed our gums and teeth with "Elmo Paste" and we drank tap water and we are none the worse for wear. Make sure you keep their gums healthy and clean, teach them to brush and floss, keep them off crap food, go to the dentist....and sit back and enjoy your child. Unless they have a genetic, or other, condition, teeth will do what teeth will do. PS: I'd like to know how you guys expect to "brush" your childrens teeth with a toothpick?!? I can't even hold her head still enough to wipe the sweet potatos out of her nose holes!


Worried Mother...
I am so glad I found this website!! My daughter is 7 months old, and I noticed black stains on her two bottom teeth about two weeks ago. Because I worry about everything, I immediately called her doctor and took her for a visit. After her doctor didn't know what it was, he sent us to the ped dentist. While waiting to get an appointment with the dentist, I did some online researching of my own. Each site that I looked at talked about the black/gray stains being iron build up from formula and using baking soda to get it off...of course this made me feel much better (the fact that several other people were experiencing the same situation with their children and it wasn't just my daughter's teeth). So...we went to the dentist and sure enough... iron build-up. He did try to polish it off although my daughter wasn't to willing or happy about it. With much relief, some of the stain did come off. The dentist told me that brushing with baking soda would, more than likely, take care of the rest. I feel 10 times better now that I have some answers! I was extremely worried that my baby girl's pearly white teeth were turning black and I was a terrible mom! I know the problem will completely dissolve as soon as we are finished with formula but in the mean time, we are changing to a formula with less iron. Hope this post helps someone else feel the same relief I felt!!
Posted by Brittany


CAUSE: IRON... FIX: BAKING SODA
I am sooo happy I found this web site!!! My 19 month old had the greyish discoloration on her teeth too.... I have also just recently started giving her a multi vitamen with Iron!!!!! The minute I read the other stories, I immediatly got the baking soda out and a wash cloth, and scrubbed her teeth.. WALA! pearly whites again!!! Im happy now! Thank you!!!
Posted by Anna


Brown by gumline
my 20 month old son is starting to get a brown stain on the top of his front tooth by the gumline im freakinging out and do not knw what to do help
Posted by Jillian


white/yellow stains
I noticed my 2 yr old daughter has whiteish stains on her two front teeth almost looks like shes losing enamal, i brush them twice daily but nothing seems to work, unfortunately my child has medicaid so no dentist will see her til she is 3 any help would be great
Posted by Jen


Vertical Black stains on 2 year old
Just yesterday I noticed one of my 2 year old's front teeth has these black vertical stains. They are not on the gumline, but more on the tip of the tooth. I brush his teeth twice a day, he is not on formula so I don't think it would be staining from iron. I tried baking soda, and It didn't seem to help at all. Someone please help!
Posted by Paige


Grey-stained baby teeth
My 14-month-old son had some transparent grey staining on his teeth, mostly on his top 4 (he only has 6 right now), starting at the base of his gum and going about halfway down the tooth, and streaking a little. Doing Internet searches terrified me because they all made it sound like it was probably decay! I do regularly give him the vitamin drops with iron, but I wasn't sure if that was the only cause. I brush his teeth once a day, have never given much juice (and when I rarely did it was always diluted), not any sugary foods, etc.... But he did night nurse until about 13 1/2 months, so that made me worry. I decided to make an appointment with the dentist for him to look at them yesterday. I was so scared he would tell me decay! Well, he looked at them (was difficult as DS was not cooperative in the process!!) and he basically laughed. He said its just discoloration, not decay in the slightest. He said it WAS the vitamin drops, and not to worry about the discoloration because they are, after all, baby teeth, and he won't be on the liquid vitamin drops much longer (once he has his molars I'll give him Flintstones or something similar) so not to worry. I felt soooo much better! The discoloration isn't TOO terribly noticeable, but it sure is to me as his mom! I was just so happy to know it's not decay. I wish there were more info on the discoloration caused by vitamin drops on the Internet! Very grateful for this site :)
Posted by Carrie


yellow and balck spots
when my son was about 3months he sttoped drinking milk while he was awake the only solution i found was give him milk while he sleeps. when he was abot 15months I noticed grey and yellow stains on his teeth. his teeth slowly started to crumble away. I have been to dentist they advised me it is tooth decay and will stay till his baby teeth fall out can anyone help me as it is getting worser and spreading on his other teeth too.
Posted by shaz


Black stains on teeth
Thanks for creating this site. My son started to get black spots on teeth, took him to dentist who said not to worry it is just staining and to come back when he is 3 for a cleaning (he was 18 mths old) now he is 20 months old and the spots which are mostly along the gumline and at the back of his teeth are getting worse, including a back molar which has started coming in black/grey? I am taking him to dentist in 2 days as this is there is just too much staining and it has come in so quickly. I brush his teeth every night, and when he is asleep I wipe them down again. Do you have any update on how your child’s teeth are doing now?
Posted by Kristin


Yellow stains
I was really upset to see the 3 front teeth on the lower jaw grow with yellow stains on the inside , of my 7 yr old daughter , can u please tell me if baking soda works for yellow stain removal as well
Posted by Carmen


Grey stains from gum on toddler
I've recently noticed a change in the colour of my 14 month old's front teeth. She's got 12 teeth and it just seems to be the top 2 that have changed. It freaked me out when I noticed it. We clean her teeth twice a day, she only ever drinks rice milk or water (never juice or soft drinks) and she eats loads of fruit and veggies (and never junk food), we recently put her on an iron supplement so I was really relieved to come across this website and the other posts talking about iron. I took her to the dentist today who told me that it isn't an indicator of too much or too little iron, just that she's ingesting iron. The dentist said if my daughter had just been on the iron supplements for a short period (due to illness or something) then she'd recommend an abrasive toothbrush and paste to clean the teeth but given that my daughter's vegan and the supplements were meant for a more permanent safeguard she suggested I talk to our GP or pediatrician. Thank you for this site it's always comforting as a parent to find others with similar issues!
Posted by Sasha


black spot.
my 18 month old son has a black spot on his two upper front theeth.what the reason for this..
Posted by kulwinder


What about yellow??
All of the answers and most of the comments are about grey or black stains but know one seems to have any info on the yellow stain questions...My now 21 month old has had yellow stains and what looks like tarter rings around and on her front teeth since they grew in, does anyone have any information on that???
Posted by Samantha


Yellow bands at bottom of teeth
I found some info online that the yellow bands may be the first step of tooth decay. My husband finds this hard to believe because I RARELY give him any sugar, juice, etc and brush his teeth regularly. I guess it's possible? Has anyone else gotten a professional opinion about small bands of yellow build up along their gum line?
Posted by Coley67


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