One of the constants in the field of dentistry and medicine is the search for new answers and the discovery of solutions for problems, resulting in the advancement of knowledge and treatments. The use of tetracycline before the 1980s is one of these examples.
Before the 1980s, tetracycline was often prescribed to both pregnant women and children under the age of 8 for bacterial issues like urinary tract infections or acne. However, scientists eventually realized that people who were given too much tetracycline developed persistent gray spots and stripes on their teeth, ranging from a minor yellow opaqueness in the enamel to a very dark blue-gray color.
Since that discovery, tetracycline is often not prescribed for children under the age of 8, whose teeth are still developing rapidly. Pregnant women also typically stay away from the medication.
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