Stains on primary teeth- a review

Kayalvili Sanmugam

The aim of this article is to review on the stains that are seen on the primary dentition. The objective of this article is to review the types of stains, the causes and the mechanisms involved in it. Stains on the permanent dentition has always been a matter of concern, however, this problem has also been observed in the primary dentition as well. Stains are the discolouration seen on the surface of the teeth which could be intrinsic or extrinsic. There are various reasons for the stains on primary dentition which could be congenital or due to any trauma along with other factors. Treatment of stains on primary dentition is as important as in the permanent dentition since it has a great impact on the self-esteem of the child.
It is important to bring awareness about the various types of stains on the primary dentition as this affects the aesthetic confidence of the child.

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