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Question:
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

Answer:
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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