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If a mother took tetracycline during pregnancy, would the infant's baby teeth come out stained - or would they emerge white and stain over time?

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In brief: Come out

The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge.
It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming while the tetracycline was taken.

In brief: Come out

The stain would be on the teeth as they emerge.
It could be just on the primary teeth or also on the permanent teeth depending on what was forming while the tetracycline was taken.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually Tetracycline

Given in 2nd or 3rd trimester deposits in "baby" teeth.
Given near term, it can deposit in the crowns of permanent teeth. It rarely affects the enamel & doesn't cause cavities. Given in 1st & 2nd trimester, it can deposit in bones, growth of which is impacted only with long-term use, with "catch-up growth" after it's stopped. Studies since 1985 show no increased risk of congenital anomalies.

In brief: Usually Tetracycline

Given in 2nd or 3rd trimester deposits in "baby" teeth.
Given near term, it can deposit in the crowns of permanent teeth. It rarely affects the enamel & doesn't cause cavities. Given in 1st & 2nd trimester, it can deposit in bones, growth of which is impacted only with long-term use, with "catch-up growth" after it's stopped. Studies since 1985 show no increased risk of congenital anomalies.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Intrinsic stain

If an expectant mom were prescribed the cycline family of antibiotics, then the babies permanent teeth may be intrinsically mottled when these teeth erupt.
The color of tetracycline mottled teeth is not a surface stain. It is the inside and through & through color of the individual's teeth. These teeth may require aesthetic dentistry in the future.

In brief: Intrinsic stain

If an expectant mom were prescribed the cycline family of antibiotics, then the babies permanent teeth may be intrinsically mottled when these teeth erupt.
The color of tetracycline mottled teeth is not a surface stain. It is the inside and through & through color of the individual's teeth. These teeth may require aesthetic dentistry in the future.
Dr. Marguerite Myers
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