How do I get her to stop grinding her teeth?

Amy - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost a year old and has started grinding her teeth, is there anything I can do to stop her?

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Heather - posted on 02/26/2011

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So coming from being a receptionist for a pediatric dentist for 2 1/2 years and now being a dental assistant.
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I hate to say it, but Luoise is completly right in that its Normal. Unfortunantly it CAN las longer then 2-3 weeks. most children it is in their sleep, and its mainly because teeth are still "new" to them even if they have had them for many months they are using them in different ways eating different foods and biting on different objects. They do outgrow it eventually.

Unlike adults you can not put a nightguard in a toddler's mouth, even a 5-6 year old, its a choaking hazard.

My son did it for about 3 months and it grated my nerves more because of my background in dentistry!

Erica, your child is also getting to the age where their adult teeth start erupting. Its common because "pressure" can feel good against the odd feeling of adult teeth forming/erupting. Adult teeth basically eat away at the roots of baby teeth as they grow and eventually erupt, its really not a concern until they get more of their adult teeth.

Louise - posted on 02/26/2011

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All children go through a stage of doing this as there are lots of gaps in her teeth. This phase only lasts about 2-3 weeks so don't worry about it. Do not comment on it just try and distract her with doing something else.

My daughter did this and it made my stomach churn but once her back teeth start to come through and she gets used to teeth where gaps once were she will stop.

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Erica - posted on 02/26/2011

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my 5 (almost 6) yr old has been doing this for the last year...he does it in his sleep though. If you figure out how PLEASE let me know

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