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I have a son who is 10 months old. He has four upper teeth and two on the bottom. Recently I have noticed him grinding them together. The two front teeth are rounded toward the center and squared off at the ends. Could this have caused this? I have also noticed gray and white spots on them. Could this be caused by the increased calcium formula he is on? ...Margie in KY

Margie, thank you for the question. First, grinding is VERY common in children. I would definitely not worry at this time. Children usually outgrow grinding and this usually occurs by the time they are 7-8.

The only time to really worry about the grinding is if/when they wear down the tooth so much that you can see the nerve. (I've only seen this a handful of times, so do not worry) As far as color, do not worry. I usually call those spots, "birthmarks". Yes, it can be due to lack/excessive calcium; but again, not to worry.

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