How Can I Whiten My Child’s Teeth

teeth whitening traysYour child’s teeth may have a yellow or orange cast if they develop plaque build-up or become stained by food. Other conditions, such as an iron deficiency or chronic illness, may also cause teeth to appear stained. To whiten a child’s stained teeth, try several whitening procedures that may be completed at home or at the office of Dr. Feldhaus.

Step 1

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Feldhaus for a professional cleaning to remove stains not as easily removed by tooth brushing.

Step 2

Brush your child’s teeth with a whitening toothpaste. Experiment with a few different brands, finishing the entire tube of toothpaste before trying a new one, until you begin to notice a difference.

Step 3

Apply whitening strips to their teeth. Dr. Feldhaus ( I saw several other pediatric dentists recomend this age- but what are your personal thoughts?)  recommends that children over the age of 10 can use the strips twice daily, for 30 minutes, for 14 days for the best results.

Step 4

Ask for an overnight bleaching system for your child. A mouthpiece containing a peroxide gel is used every night for several weeks, with the amount of time dependent on the severity of staining. Dr. Feldhaus will work with each patient on a case by case basis to determine such factors.

Step 5

Talk to Dr. Feldhaus about performing in-office bleaching. A bleaching agent combined with a laser light produces quick whitening results for tough teeth stains.

Step 6

Brush your child’s teeth with baking soda instead of his regular toothpaste until they whiten. Finish each brushing session by having him rinse with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. Your child should be old enough to be able to spit the hydrogen peroxide out efficiently before you try this treatment.