Terresa asks: My 2-year-old daughter has been grinding her teeth at night. It sounds awful. Is it doing any harm?
Health-E Responds: I took your question to Kathy Shafagh, D.D.S., a dentist practicing at 1st Choice Dental in North Hollywood. Here’s her answer …
Actually my own son does the same thing. Usually the high-strung kids or very sensitive kids do this. It will cause some leveling of the back teeth chewing surfaces. In some cases it may affect the incisors. However, it is not of any major consequence and it is not an indication that this will continue into adulthood. Six-month checkups need to be done to make sure that dentin (the second layer of the tooth, after enamel) is not exposed, as that may increase the chance of cavities.
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