Turning six years old is a big deal for many children. It’s the year they develop their first set of adult teeth. Although this is an exciting milestone, it can also be difficult for both children and parents.
As your child’s 6 year molars grow in, you may notice they complain of some pain and discomfort. Understand that it’s completely normal for your child to experience a mild fever, swollen gums, mild diarrhea, crankiness, and the other symptoms they showed when they were a teething infant.
However, if your child complains of jaw pain, it’s a good idea to bring them to the dentist office for a checkup. Jaw pain along with other symptoms such as a popping sensation, chewing challenges, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and a change in jaw alignment are not typically caused by 6 year molars.
A dentist can check your child’s teeth, mouth, gums, and jaw and determine whether their jaw pain is concerning. Your child may be living with a condition called TMJ which can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Ear infections
If TMJ is present in your child, a dentist may suggest anti-inflammatory pain medications to help relax your child’s jaw and reduce muscle pain and swelling. The application of warm and cold compresses, a splint guard, and relaxation exercises may be recommended as well.
If your child is complaining of jaw pain, schedule an appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS today. This premier Raleigh area dentist office will take great care of your child.