I’m not sure what to do. My toddler has gotten both her two top and bottom teeth. Ever since she’s been grinding her teeth. I tried to buy a teething toy and she chewed a hole in it. I bought her a pacifier and she chewed a hole in that too. I just can’t stop her and I’m worried she’s ruining her teeth.
Having children causes constant worry, but we wouldn’t change it for anything. To put your mind at ease, most children start grinding their teeth when they first come in. We don’t know why. There are more theories than you could imagine. I tend to think it’s just a new sensation that they’re experiencing. They’re exploring these new white chompers they’ve discovered.
You should know almost all toddlers outgrow it. If you’re very worried, you can take her to a pediatric dentist and have him or her check for any cracks. I don’t think you’ll have any problems.
Most grinding is done at nighttime while she’s sleeping. It may help to get her into a deeper, more relaxed sleep. You could try holding her for a bit as she falls asleep or some lavender diffusers in her room with soft music.
The Most Important Pediatric Dental Care
The best thing you can do for her is to give her good, fun experiences with her dental care. Make brushing teeth fun. Keep her teeth clean. Make sure her first dental visit is when she’s young and her teeth are healthy.
Too many parents wait until there’s a dental emergency. Then, their child’s first experience with the dentist is negative and painful. Setting them up for a lifetime of dental anxiety.
This blog is brought to you by Orange County Gentle Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.