Grinding teeth! Please help.

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My son has 4 teeth, 2 on the bottom in the middle and 2 "fangs" on the top (no middle teeth yet, looks ridiculous). My problem is he recently started grinding his teeth all the time! I know he's probably just discovering these new teeth but the sound drives me up the wall, not to mention what damage he could be doing to his teeth. I tell him to stop but that obviously doesn't work. Does anybody have any experience with this?

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Ashlee - posted on 08/17/2009

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yea my son never has had a soother so we're not trying that at nine months. we'll just try to tough it out

Jenny - posted on 08/17/2009

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Don't you just HATE that sound!!! I am going through it too, mine has his top x2 and bottom x2 and when he grinds them it makes me shudder, it is just as bad as nails on a blackboard!!!! I hope he grows out of it soon, he has a Dummy but only at bed time and I don't want to be shoving that in all the time to stop him as I don't want a baby with a Dummy permanently in his mouth, so I will just have to put up with that awful sound for now!!!

Ashlee - posted on 08/17/2009

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my son has 8 teeth 4top 4 bottom and he is also a grinder has been for a couple months also drives us crazy but as stated no real damage done as long as they stop once permanent teeth come. He doesnt do it ALL the time but does do it fairly regular.

Anisha - posted on 08/17/2009

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Me and my husband had the same problem with my daughter when she had her first two teeth, her 5th and 6th are now coming through and she doesn't do it anymore.

Zojoho - posted on 06/02/2009

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Quoting Becky:

I am a dental hygienist and hear this from my patients all the time. It is completely normal and The child almost always stops once he/she loses their first few teeth (around age 6). Unfortunately, it is a horrible sound to have to listen to and the teeth can become pretty stubby after 5 years of grinding on them. There is nothing you can do about it and cosmetically it won't look pretty if your child continues this but there will be no harm to the permanent teeth when they do come in.


Ditto what Beck has said. Hahaha..it's bloody disgusting isn't it?



My 1st DD has been grinding her teeth since they made their entrance 4 yrs ago  (she's now 5 yrs old) and whilst it would have to be one of the worst sounds to listen to (especially when you're laying next to them in bed at night), your DD/DS WILL eventually grow out of it once their Adult teeth come thru.



Make sure you visit your Dentist regularly, so that they can keep an eye on your child's teeth, my DD's Dentist puts a dab of Fluoride stuff on a couple of her teeth that are being worn away..but assures me no permanent damage is being done.



Sorry Ladies, you all probably have a very long way to go before this problem rectifies itself. xx

Zojoho - posted on 06/02/2009

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Quoting Becky:

I am a dental hygienist and hear this from my patients all the time. It is completely normal and The child almost always stops once he/she loses their first few teeth (around age 6). Unfortunately, it is a horrible sound to have to listen to and the teeth can become pretty stubby after 5 years of grinding on them. There is nothing you can do about it and cosmetically it won't look pretty if your child continues this but there will be no harm to the permanent teeth when they do come in.


Ditto what Beck has said. Hahaha..it's bloody disgusting isn't it?



My 1st DD has been grinding her teeth since they made their entrance 4 yrs ago  (she's now 5 yrs old) and whilst it would have to be one of the worst sounds to listen to (especially when you're laying next to them in bed at night), your DD/DS WILL eventually grow out of it once their Adult teeth come thru.



Make sure you visit your Dentist regularly, so that they can keep an eye on your child's teeth, my DD's Dentist puts a dab of Fluoride stuff on a couple of her teeth that are being worn away..but assures me no permanent damage is being done.



Sorry Ladies, you all probably have a very long way to go before this problem rectifies itself. xx

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2009

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My daughter also recently started grinding her teeth. Like many of you it drives me up the wall. I was also putting the nuk in her mouth when she starts. I wish there was a way to stop it.

Becky - posted on 06/01/2009

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I am a dental hygienist and hear this from my patients all the time. It is completely normal and The child almost always stops once he/she loses their first few teeth (around age 6). Unfortunately, it is a horrible sound to have to listen to and the teeth can become pretty stubby after 5 years of grinding on them. There is nothing you can do about it and cosmetically it won't look pretty if your child continues this but there will be no harm to the permanent teeth when they do come in.

Amanda - posted on 05/31/2009

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my son grinds his teeth also..... the dentist told us that it is normal and isn't harming his teeth, that babies are their own dentists/orthodontists and that they grind them to smooth them and not to stop them. don't know how much truth there is to that, i always stick the pacifier in when he is grinding them :)

Tara - posted on 05/29/2009

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All babies do this. All it does is just irritate you. My youngest son did this and he did grind away part of a front tooth and we just had it fixed last year (he was 5 yr at the time). Any concerns can be addressed to your family dentist or pediatrician.

Victoria - posted on 05/28/2009

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omg!! my baby just started doing that today. and he has his two bottom front teeth, and has two teeth on top comming in on the side.

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