smile, health, dentalhealth, oralhealth,Although uncommon in children, temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ, can occur for various reasons. Affecting the jaws and the connecting muscles and tissues, TMJ causes pain and discomfort and can be difficult for a dentist to diagnose properly.

TMJ begins in early pregnancy and continues to develop in the child’s first ten years. TMJ can be triggered by:

– Jaw injury

– Grinding of teeth

– Stress

Other factors include “chewing on hard objects such as pencils, ice or hard candy” or an incorrect bite. More detailed information on TMJ in children can be found at:

Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.