Help! How do I stop my 11-month-old from grinding her teeth?
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Laura - posted on 03/28/2011
My daughter did it too, actually still does it some. She's just turned 6. Talked to the Dr, and the Denist. Dentist says it is perfectly normal. She is adjusting to having her teeth, getting her teeth in alignment, and grinding her sharp edges off for better control. Will probably occur until she gets her permanent teeth. While I'm a Chiropratic addict, spine alignment will not cause this... seriously.
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Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011
spine is off??? for grinding teeth?? what are you smoking LMAO!
At 11 months she probably has the 2 top front and 2 front bottom teeth ..she may be doing it on occassion because her gums are sore. Also, I am sure these teeth haven't been there very long ..it's something new for her. I wouldn't worry about it ...but if you are very concerned speak with your pediatrician
Sarah - posted on 03/25/2011
I disagree with Sharlyne. A lot of babies and toddlers grind their teeth. Some start when they first get teeth (their first or any new teeth) and some do it out of boredom. It feels funny and makes a funny noise. Don't make a big deal out of it, but do try to distract her from it when you notice it happening. My oldest, now 4, used to do it too, and I found the best distraction for him was to tell me a story or some other oral stimulation. Give her a teething ring to chew on, sit her down for a snack (but don't give her food each time)) or ask her to tell you about her day or sing a song. I know she's not even a year old yet, but even infants can babble back if you start talking to them. Its highly unlikely she'll develop TMJD this early. You have plenty of time to slowly stop the teeth grinding before that comes a concern! Good Luck!
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