What is Chromogenic Bacteria Staining?
It is the discolouration of teeth due to stain-forming bacteria.
Staining of the teeth can be a very serious aesthetic issue for children, they might become embarrassed about their teeth and it might affect their self-esteem.
Why are the teeth stained?
|Types of stainings||Source/Aetiology||Appearance||Appearance|
||Thin black line, firmly attached to the tooth surface||
|Orange Stain||Chromogenic bacteria||front and back of upper incisors|
|Green Stain||In children frequently associated with inadequate plaque removal (brushing)||Green or greenish yellow stains of considerable thickness||front surface of upper incisors|
What can be done about the staining?
- 1. Proper diet and habits:
Extrinsic staining due to food and beverages is treated by thorough dental prophylaxis (cleaning) and also cessation of the contributory dietary habits (e.g sticky food like chocolate biscuits & coloured beverages like tea and chocolate drink).
- 2. Toothbrushing with toothpaste:
Effective toothbrushing twice or three times a day can remove bacteria that causes the staining from accumulating in the oral cavity. However, the use of specific whitening toothpaste is not necessary.
- 3. Regular visits to the dentist:
Regular cleaning by the dentist can reduce the buildup of stains
- 4. Chromogenic stains will reduce as child grows up:
As the type of bacteria changes when the child grows up, the chromogenic bacteria stains will reduce with the eruption of the permanent teeth.