Susannah: My preg­nant mum’s an­tibi­otics left me with teeth like grey tomb­stones

Daily Mail - - EUGENIE’S MAGICAL DAY - By In­derdeep Bains

bar­ing her teeth for the cam­era, Susannah Con­stan­tine re­veals the ‘grey tomb­stones’ she was left with from birth.

The fash­ion guru ex­plained how her teeth were per­ma­nently dis­coloured by an­tibi­otics her mother took in preg­nancy.

al­though you wouldn’t have guessed it from her glam­orous TV ap­pear­ances on this year’s Strictly, the 56-year-old said the drug tetra­cy­cline – com­monly handed to moth­ers-to-be in the 60s and 70s – has had a last­ing ef­fect on her looks.

and in a can­did video post on in­sta­gram yes­ter­day, Miss Con­stan­tine took the brave de­ci­sion to show her teeth while ask­ing for ad­vice on how to deal with the prob­lem.

The for­mer What not to Wear host told her 21,000 fol­low­ers: ‘When my mother was preg­nant with me she took an an­tibi­otic called tetra­cy­cline. and one of the side ef­fects of tak­ing that an­tibi­otic was that the foetus would de­velop grey teeth through­out their life and as you can see my teeth are dis­coloured.

‘if any­one knows of a so­lu­tion to these grey tomb­stones i would be re­ally grate­ful to hear what you have to say.’ The an­tibi­otic, de­signed to fight bac­te­rial in­fec­tions, was once pre­scribed for ev­ery­thing from sore throats and skin con­di­tions to uri­nary tract in­fec­tions.

but stud­ies later dis­cov­ered that when taken by preg­nant women, the drug can be­come cal­ci­fied in the per­ma­nent teeth de­vel­op­ing un­der their baby’s gum line, dis­colour­ing them for good.

Later, when the baby teeth grow out, the tetra­cy­cline-stained ones move into po­si­tion and re­veal them­selves. The un­sightly stains can ap­pear as yel­low, grey or brown marks as well as white spots and translu­cent edges, with few solutions avail­able.

Miss Con­stan­tine said in a video called ‘Teeth! Oh what to do?’, which has been viewed al­most 4,000 times: ‘You can’t get them bleached be­cause what hap­pens is the white parts get whiter and so the grey parts look greyer. and i don’t want to get them bonded or ve­neered be­cause i don’t like fake-look­ing teeth.’

One fan replied: ‘My hubs has the same thing from his mum tak­ing an­tibi­otics when preg­nant. He will never smile for a photo prop­erly, lips al­ways shut.’

The royal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety said tetra­cy­cline is no longer given to un­der-12s or preg­nant women ex­cept in rare cases. it is still used to treat acne and the sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease chlamy­dia.

Miss Con­stan­tine’s mother Mary rose, who suf­fered from manic de­pres­sion, died in 2008 aged 76.

The TV star has de­scribed how the men­tal ill­ness had an ef­fect on her child­hood as her mother was ‘in and out of psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals’ and made ‘sev­eral sui­cide at­tempts’.

Still smil­ing: Susannah Con­stan­tine on Strictly

Grin and bare it: The star re­veals stained teeth in the on­line video

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