‘I can hear my child grinding their teeth from down the hall, is this normal?’


We love seeing patients of all ages at Goldenberg Family Dentistry! It is so important that children get regular dental care and that from their very first visit they know the dentist can be a fun place to visit.

Dr. Jessica Goldenberg answers more common pediatric dental questions below:

‘I can hear my child grinding their teeth at night.’

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding teeth. It is very common in children especially in the mixed dentition, both adult and baby teeth present, since the bite is usually not stable. Other causes may be stress or hyperactivity. Most children outgrow it and do not require any intervention. It is always important to inform your dentist at Goldenberg Family Dentistry so that any adverse effects may be monitored. If the grinding continues and causes damage to the adult teeth or pain to the joint, a night guard may be recommended.

‘Will my child need braces?’

There are many reasons your child may benefit from orthodontic care. The fist thing Dr. Jessica Goldenberg will evaluate as the primary teeth are erupting is if they have space between the teeth. If they do not have spaces it is likely that the adult teeth, which are bigger than the baby teeth they are replacing, will be crowded. As a child develops their dentist at Goldenberg Dentistry will continually evaluate how the teeth are erupting. Some orthodontic issues are best treated early on, sometimes called phase I orthodontics, whereas other problems can wait until all of the primary teeth are lost.

Signs your child may benefit from braces:

  1. Bite is not aligned properly: cross bite, underbite, overbite
  2. Missing or extra teeth
  3. Difficulty chewing or biting
  4. Crowding or misplaced teeth
  5. Jaw and teeth are not proportional to face

Once it is determined by your child’s dentist at Goldenberg Dentistry in Ventura that they need orthodontic care, a referral will be made to a caring and gentle orthodontist. A consultation appointment will be set up to discuss treatment needs and help guide you and your child through the process.

‘When should we start using fluoride toothpaste?’

Baby teeth should be brushed as soon as they begin to erupt into the mouth. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry children under 3 years of age should have their teeth brushed twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. From ages 3 to 6, parents and caregivers should brush with no more than a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. It is extremely important that children’s brushing is supervised. Most children do not have the dexterity to properly brush all surfaces of their teeth until the age of 8. Daily use of a fluoride toothpaste from eruption of the first baby tooth is an effective way to prevent cavities and is recommended by the American Dental Association.

Fluoride_PeasRiceuntil age 3                  age 3-6

If you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health, give us a call today!


About Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS

Dr. Joel Goldenberg started his dental practice after graduating from the USC School of Dentistry in 1983. He is committed to excellence in dentistry. Dr. Goldenberg is a member of the CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a member with the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Goldenberg is well-known for educating his patients and involving them in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. He is very conservative, honest, and appreciates the artistic side of dentistry. For the past five years Dr. Goldenberg has traveled to Honduras with his wife and other local physicians and nurses to provide medical and dental care at a free clinic. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Southern California (USC) for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from USC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued with the Trojan Family at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Goldenberg was the recipient of the prestigious Rex Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Santa Barbara- Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Jessica loves working with patients of all ages, especially families and children. It is important to her to make pediatric dental visits fun and enjoyable. She also enjoys making beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry. She prides herself on always being honest and providing conservative dental care.
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