grinding teeth

Maria - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son has mild autism and just last month he started grinding his teeth. Is this because of autism? is it normal and any ideas on how to make him stop?

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Maria - posted on 05/15/2009

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I agree with the dentist! :) My friend used to grind her teeth all the time when she was little, it would drive me crazy when I was spending the night! Other than that, if it is a sensory issue give him something to chew on? They make "chew stix" and things like that...maybe pretzel sticks to bite on when he starts grinding his teeth? Just a thought! Good Luck!

Yadira - posted on 05/03/2012

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I had read from a mom who recovered her son - extreme autism - that teeth grinding is a sign of parasites.
Black Walnut is one of the herbs that helped her with that.
I will be researching this idea more.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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My 11 year old does this. He has done it for years and I cannot get him to stop. It is intermittant, though, and I have not noticed a connection; ie, stress, sickness, etc. I believe it has to do with the general craving for deep pressure that many Autistic people have. I DO worry because I did this all my life and ended up ruining my teeth. (Stress) Sadly, I don't know what can be done. As a young adult (probably too late for my own teeth), I wore a football guard to bed. But with an Autistic child, or any child, you generally don't want to put things in their mouths that they might choke on, or give them the message that it's okay to put non-food objects in their mouth. You might try a different type of counter pressure when he grinds. Such as massaging his hands, or even his jaw.

Meg - posted on 05/15/2009

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Maria, my husband is a dentist and I got him to read your post - this is what he said -



" Lots of kids grind their teeth. In adults it is usually associated with stress - nursing mums, students sitting exams, moving house, neurotic teenagers etc. will often develop this habit. Usually people who grind at night also clench thier teeth during the day, it could be useful to gently remind your son not to whenever you sense him clenching. It's a habit and the less he does it during the day the less he will do it at night, it may well be that he's having bad dreams, there may be something specific on his mind or it may be that the world is just a daunting place for him at the moment, I would not say any other measures are appropriate or necessary at this stage."



Hope this helps :-)

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Michelle - posted on 05/08/2012

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first of all, i don't believe grinding teeth comes from autism. I've done this in my past. i guess it is something that someone can do out of stress or it is something from a habit. it is a normal thing for people to do.it doesn't mean something is wrong with you. sorry about your son having autism. but some shots can cause autism.you might want to read up on it.

Heidi - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a 3yr old with autism and when he is stressing out and feeling out of his comfort zone he grinds his teeth and there is nothing i can do to get him to stop i gave up and let him do what he needs to do to get back to his comfort level

Chantelle - posted on 01/20/2010

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All 3 of my kids grind there teeth. One has autism, the other two don't . I thought it was due to stress or being anxious. Perhaps the one with autism is stressing out the other two siblings??? lol

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2010

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High Maria, i know what you mean! my son iseah who is 2 years old asd/pdd also grinds his teeth alot, to the point he chipped his front tooth, the noise also drives me nuts!

Gail - posted on 01/19/2010

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hi i have 3 children two grown up daughters and my son mark whos is12 has autism and from about 4 year hes grind-ed hes teeth while asleep and still does my daughters have never done it after reading all theses post i never really thought about it being anything to do with the autism but now I'm thinking differently ..its the most horrible sound so i sympathise ...it does make you think if they are doing any damage

Tami - posted on 01/07/2010

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i would love to know that answer as well...my four year old daughter with mild autism has just started grinding her teeth too...i cant get her to stop but every time she does it i stick my fingers in her mouth..she stops for the moment...i feel bad for her

Brenda - posted on 06/08/2009

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My son ground his teeth day or night when he was 5 yrs and younger, he started at about 4yrs, it got progressively worse as the year wore on. Before his diagnoises of PDD/NOS with autistic tendencies at 4yrs he ground his teeth very seldom. I had him on numerous supplements and he developed a stomach virus, so I took him off all supplements until the virus ran its course. Low and behold his teeth grinding stopped completely. We found it was the fish oil supplement that cause it by trial and error. If your son is on supplement, you may want to rule them out. expecially if you have done something different in the last month. Otherwise it may mean he is going through a stressful time right now. I know if I keep things on an even keel as much as possible my son will not display these stress ticks. Of course we all know by having children that are on the autistic spectrum consistancy works the best but does not challange them as they need to be. Hope this was helpful:)

Cindy - posted on 06/08/2009

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Hi, my almost seven year old son also grinds his teeth, and has been doing it since he got teeth:). We took him to the dentist last year and geuss what, perfect teeth, "To good for a six year old" he said.



I told him about the grinding, and he said that since there really isn't a lot you can do about it to stop worrying about it. If he doesn't grow out of it by the time he goes to high school we should get him a 'bite plate'.



So my advice. Cover your ears, and TRY not to worry to much.

Monique - posted on 06/06/2009

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Hi there, my 9 year old son William ( autism, non verbal) grinds his teeth when he is stressing about something and/or if he is feeling unwell. It is always one or the other and he has done it for years. When he was younger ( and I guess stressed about a lot more things ) he would have a cycle of grinding for a few months followed by eyelash pulling, clapping hands, licking hands and then back to the teeth grinding. He would do only one of these things at a time. Now though he only grinds teeth and only when anxious about something or if he's sick.

Monique

Maria - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Meg:

Maria, my husband is a dentist and I got him to read your post - this is what he said -

" Lots of kids grind their teeth. In adults it is usually associated with stress - nursing mums, students sitting exams, moving house, neurotic teenagers etc. will often develop this habit. Usually people who grind at night also clench thier teeth during the day, it could be useful to gently remind your son not to whenever you sense him clenching. It's a habit and the less he does it during the day the less he will do it at night, it may well be that he's having bad dreams, there may be something specific on his mind or it may be that the world is just a daunting place for him at the moment, I would not say any other measures are appropriate or necessary at this stage."

Hope this helps :-)



Thank you I don't know if he is doing it at night I haven't heard him when I have checked on him he does it during the day sometimes when he gets excited or just out of no where.

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