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Redmond Kids Dentistry September 2018 Newsletter
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Signs of Childhood Bruxism You Should Worry About
Bruxism is a problem that is most commonly associated with adults. However, children can struggle with it, too. Bruxism is when someone either clenches their teeth together on a regular basis or when they grind their teeth together. This is able to happen to children just as easily as it does to adults. In fact, many adults may have had bruxism as children but not realized. However, because these are baby teeth being affected, this can do a lot of damage to those teeth as well as the teeth behind them.

The Baby Teeth Need Protection

Since the child would be damaging not only their current teeth but also their adult teeth behind the baby teeth, it is very important that you notice behaviors like grinding or clenching of the teeth. You can often hear the grinding of your child’s teeth when they sleep. It sounds like a squeaky noise as the enamel of one tooth rubs against the other. If your child easily chips teeth, has teeth that are getting noticeably flatter, or develops tooth sensitivity, it is a sign that you should bring them to us for a checkup. If we can spot bruxism early, we can protect the teeth far more effectively.

Keep in mind, the teeth you can see when your child smiles are not the only teeth that get hurt when your child has bruxism. It puts a lot of pressure on the teeth developing behind those teeth as well. In order to protect their current and future teeth, you need to take steps to stop bruxism at its earliest stages.

What to Do if You Suspect a Cavity in Your Child's Mouth
Do you think your child may have a cavity? It is important that you don't ignore it. Many parents think of it as no big deal since the tooth is going to fall out in the near future anyway. Unfortunately, this is not a good idea. Ignoring the problem not only could leave your child in pain, but it could also damage the tooth coming in behind that tooth. If you suspect that your child may be struggling with a cavity, call us right away. If they do have a cavity, we will make sure to get it filled right away, so they do not wind up with problems or pain that last.

How Salt Water Rinses Help Your Mouth
When you have any type of irritation or injury to the mouth, one of the most common recommendations is to rinse your mouth with salt water. There are several reasons for this. First, it cleans your mouth from nearly all types of bacteria by increasing the pH balance of your mouth temporarily. Second, it improves healing. Finally, it can also reduce the pain in your mouth from whatever is ailing it. When you combine these benefits, you create an environment that is more likely to heal with less pain than one that is not getting regular salt water rinses.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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