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Can tetracycline cause tooth discoloration?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Tetracycline stain: Tetracycline stained teeth occurs when this antibiotic is taken when you still have your baby teeth, and the permanent teeth are still forming. It causes a developmental defect in the enamal and the deeper layers of the tooth in the form of dark brown or gray staining. This is known as intrinsic staining because it comes from within the tooth.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Tetracycline: Yes, this antibiotic has the tendency to discolor teeth.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes - in children: It only discolors teeth when the teeth are developing. If it's used in children the staining can be severe.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is tetracycline tooth discoloration inheritable?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
No: No. You only get the discoloration if you take tetracycline during tooth formation.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is tooth discoloration in children only due to tetracycline?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
No: Tetracycline is not prescribed to children these days. Staining or malformation of teeth can also be due to genetic factors, medical factors, high fevers in infants / toddlers, fluorosis, etc.

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