Do antibiotics and other medications cause tooth staining?

Teeth Whitening Pittsford, NY area patients who visit DeStefano Dentistry can learn more than just how to take care of their teeth. Our team also has knowledge on a wide variety of concerns that can lead to dental problems over time. When patients ask about the use of certain medications and the health of their smile, our staff will often warn about the problems associated with specific medications including antibiotics such as tetracycline.

What is tetracycline?

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is often prescribed when patients are dealing with bacteria in their body that needs to be treated. This medication is best known for staining the teeth. This commonly used antibiotic can cause teeth to appear gray or brown. This can happen even for women who are pregnant—not only can it impact the appearance of their teeth, but it can also cause their children to develop teeth that are not naturally as white as they should be. These teeth that erupt through the mouth are often permanently stained, which can be bothersome.

This medication should be avoided whenever possible and alternatives that do not contribute to staining or discoloration of the teeth can be prescribed instead. Pregnant women and young children would benefit from avoiding tetracycline altogether to avoid the side effects that are commonly known.

How can a dentist address tooth staining from medications?

Most staining of the teeth from medications is permanent. Some dental practices have professional tooth whitening and bleaching products that can help lift these stains and make them less apparent. Patients with severe discoloration that does not respond to these types of treatments may want to ask about solutions that can conceal the teeth, such as composite resin bonding or porcelain veneers.

Learn more about antibiotic use and its effect on the smile

Call the team at DeStefano Dentistry at (585) 248-2383 today to schedule a visit for you and your family. Our practice prides itself on providing thorough education on a wide variety of topics, including the use of medications and how it can impact your oral health and wellness. The practice is located in Pittsford, NY at 600 Kreag Road and is always accepting new patients.

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