Had a friend while growing up who was constantly mocked in class for her shiny yellow teeth! So beautiful a girl, but for the yellow teeth. Didn’t just get it until I entered pharmacy school and got to understand the role tetracyclines play in that aspect! The next time I saw her and asked if she knew red and yellow capsules, she said of course, her mother never runs short of it in case of emergency diarrhoea…
NAILED IT! HER mother must have exposed her to tetracycline in the womb, as an infant or as a child below 10years – that’s where she got the spell.
Tetracycline based antibiotics which includes doxycycline can greatly disfigure and color the teeth of children under the age of ten.
Pregnant women at any age must NOT take tetracycline or doxycycline. Teeth form inside the womb and these antibiotics appear inside the teeth of the fetus (which are forming inside the jawbone), and so in formation, the teeth are permanently colored yellow. In extreme cases, the teeth could be so weak in structure that they could break and need to be removed and replaced with implants.
Children over the age of 10 are clear in terms of staining
Tetracycline can greatly disfigure and color the teeth of children under the age of ten
TIPS FOR MOTHERS AND MOTHERS TO BE:
Do NOT take tetracyclines when pregnant
Do NOT take tetracyclines when breastfeeding
Do NOT give tetracyclines to your child unless past the age of 10, consult your physician or pharmacist for other alternatives
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