Do you cringe when you hear the grating and popping sound your child makes when they grind their teeth? If so, you’re not alone. That’s not the most pleasant sound, and many parents experience this because about 30 percent of children tend to grind their teeth at a young age. To help you ease your mind when it comes to baby teeth grinding in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Thomas Ouellette is happy to share some information with you.
Baby teeth grinding usually happens when your child is trying to relieve teething pains, trying out their new chompers, or soothing pain from an earache or allergy. If an earache or allergy is causing your child’s grinding habit, it’s best to take them to their pediatric doctor for treatment. If teething pains and chomper experimentation are causing the grinding, there is nothing to worry about.
As your child grows, this habit should slowly disappear. The worst thing that could happen is that your baby’s teeth will get worn down. This doesn’t raise concern because eventually the baby teeth will fall out of the mouth and permanent teeth will replace them. However, if your child continues to grind their permanent teeth, it’s time to consult the dentist. To prevent the grinding as much as possible, you can try to pry their mouth open when they are grinding (by using your thumb and middle finger to push the sides of the cheeks inside the mouth) or you can encourage them to chew on teething toys.
For more information and details about baby teeth grinding, please remember that you can always call Thomas E Ouellette, DDS, PC at 303.296.1402 at your earliest convenience. You can also schedule an appointment if you have any concerns for your child’s oral health. We look forward to helping you!