NJ Pediatric Dentist Address Teeth Grinding in Toddlers
“Why does my child grind his or her teeth?” That’s a common question posed to many pediatric dentists. The truth is that it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why your child grinds his teeth. What we do know is that in most cases, it won’t cause any harm.
Your child may grind his teeth for many different reasons. Getting used to new teeth that are coming in, pain from an ear infection or even stress could be possible triggers. It’s not uncommon for children to grind their teeth. Up to 38% of children may grind their teeth at some point in time.
Although teeth grinding in children is not usually harmful, there are a few things you can do to attempt to lessen the habit. Look for other symptoms of discomfort, such as an ear infection, that may be causing the teeth grinding. If an ear infection is present, ask your doctor what if anything you should give him to alleviate the pain.
If the teeth grinding is brought on by stress, consider giving your child a soothing nighttime bath and some extra quiet time with you in the rocking chair before bed.
It is recommended that you let your NJ pediatric dentist know about the grinding. In rare cases, the grinding can lead to headaches and sore jaws. So it’s worthwhile to keep an eye on the issue.
Because children outgrow their baby teeth, teeth grinding is not that much of a concern and is typically just a habit that they will eventually grow out of. If the grinding continues after the permanent set of teeth have grown, that’s where the problem begins. That’s the time to have teeth grinding professionally addressed.
If you have any questions about the health of your child’s teeth, please call NJ pediatric dentist Dr Diane Baldwin at 732.202.7114.
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About Point Pleasant Dentistry for Children
Dr Diane Baldwin and the team at Point Pleasant Dentistry for Children specialize in dental care for children and adolescents.
Dr. Baldwin graduated first in her class from UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School in 2005, where she was the recipient of the William S. Kramer Award for excellence in dentistry Dr. Baldwin went on to complete a post-doctoral training program in pediatric dentistry at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2007 where she received extensive training in the management of dental care for children with special medical needs. She continues to serve as a clinical affiliate at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.