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Does tetracycline stain your teeth or only the teeth of unborn babies?

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Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 21 years experience
Only growing teeth.: Tetracycline gets incorporated into the tooth structure of teeth that are still forming. That includes unborn babies, teenagers, and all ages in between.
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Dr. Stanley Lin
Dentistry 18 years experience
Both: Tetracycline staining causes staining both unborn babies as it can cross the placenta and children of developing teeth. From looking at the area of the stains and knowing the eruption / development patterns of the teeth dentists can usually tell at what age the antibiotics were taken.
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