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Is tetracycline tooth discoloration inheritable?

7 doctors weighed in
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Tetracycline tooth discoloration is caused by an antibiotic, not by your genes.

In brief: No

Tetracycline tooth discoloration is caused by an antibiotic, not by your genes.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Tetracycline only damages tooth enamel if taken while the crown of the tooth is forming.
That means from about 3 months in utero (if mother takes tetracycline) until about age 9, when all the permanent tooth crowns, including the a2 year molars, have formed.

In brief: No

Tetracycline only damages tooth enamel if taken while the crown of the tooth is forming.
That means from about 3 months in utero (if mother takes tetracycline) until about age 9, when all the permanent tooth crowns, including the a2 year molars, have formed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No. You only get the discoloration if you take tetracycline during tooth formation.

In brief: No

No. You only get the discoloration if you take tetracycline during tooth formation.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dr. Joel Doyon
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Is not genetic

The antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor permanent teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing before age 10.

In brief: Is not genetic

The antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline are known to discolor permanent teeth when given to children whose teeth are still developing before age 10.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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