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Could tetracyclines cause tooth discoloration in adults?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Yes: Tetracycline staining usually occurs in persons whose mothers had taken tetracyline while pregnant.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Only if..: The tetracycline is taken in childhood when the permanent teeth are being calcified.
Dr. Thomas Stelmach
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No: Tetracycline only discolors teeth when the teeth are developing.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What illness could cause tooth discoloration?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Illnesses in mothers: Infections in pregnant mothers can cause intrinsic (on the inside of the tooth) discoloration in their offspring by effecting the enamel as it develops. Certain drugs taken by preganant mothers can also cause discoloration of their childs teeth such as takeing tetracycline during preganancy. Illness can sometimes result in extrinsic staining (on the outside) because it effects dental hygiene.
Dr. Morey Furman
Dentistry 37 years experience
High fever in children two years old or younger could result in hypocalcification ( white spots) on the permanent teeth when they come in
Oct 23, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes tooth discoloration ?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Many causes: There are many potential causes of tooth discoloration. Taking tetracycline during the developmental stages of the teeth can cause them to be discolored. A tooth can become discolored after having root canal treatment. Drinking coffee, tea and smoking can also contribute to staining of teeth.
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Specializes in Dentistry
Trauma can also contribute to discoloration. Genetics and aging are also factors.
Aug 16, 2013

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