The ladies are right in that the permanent teeth come in stained and ugly. The enamel on the teeth, which is the white color, does not form properly and can be severely thinned or not there at all. Unfortunately I was given that medicine as a small child before the doctors were aware of this side effect and the majority of my permanent teeth were affected. They came in not only that horrible brown color, but were thin, ultra sensitive and way more prone to cavities, chipping and breaking, especially over time. I've had severe dental and the resulting self-esteem problems all my life. I was finally able to have what teeth I had left pulled and a full set of dentures made about 1 1/2 years ago. For the first time since I was a child was able to look in a mirror and smile without avoiding looking at my teeth. I actually sat in the dentist chair and cried like that small child the first time he put my dentures in and handed me a mirror.
That's why they don't give tetracycline to children under 12! :)
- Tetracycline Information for Consumers
- Tetracycline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tetracycline (detailed)
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