How do I get my son to stop grinding his teeth.

Anel - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son constantly grinds his teeth. How can I get him to stop.

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Stephanie - posted on 03/31/2012

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Unfortunately, you're going to have to let him. All children grind their teeth at some point and its due to him/her going through growth changes. Teeth are are moving and permanent teeth growing all the time. Having worked in the dentistry field for many years now that is many parents concern. Children's body's are constantly going through changes and grinding is just a way they deal with the changes just as adults grind when they are stressed. If it continues when he had ALL his permanent teeth then a night guard should be made so he doesn't wear his teeth down but as far as now that he only has baby teeth in place there isn't really anything you can do.

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Julia - posted on 04/01/2012

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Sometimes it is a sign of intestinal worms and there is a medication for that. Little kids love to play with dirt and can absentmindedly then put their fingers in their mouth, It happens much more often than you would think.



"Teeth grinding: Bruxism - abnormal grinding, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth - has been observed in cases of parasitic infection. These symptoms are most noticeable among sleeping for children. Bruxism may be a nervous response to the internal foreign irritant



http://www.nvcentre.com/nvc2003/uni_symp...

Jodi - posted on 03/30/2012

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My son is 9 and still grinds his teeth at night. I worry about his teeth, but have asked the dentist and he said he would never use a mouth guard for it. He said he would eventually outgrow it. My daughter used to do it as well and no longer does at age 12. I guess I agree, I would probably worry more at young ages about them having something in their mouth all night. Way more risky then just letting it go. Good Luck - It is one of those things that bothers the parent more than it does the child.

Anel - posted on 03/30/2012

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No he doesn't bite other things. He does it just

because. I believe he got it from me. When I put him to bed I would fall asleep with him and I guess I would grind my teeth. Otherwise I have no clue where he got it from.

Katharyn - posted on 03/29/2012

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Can you give him a "chew stix" (amazon has them) to get some of his jaw aggression out on? Does he chew on things like pencil tips or clothes or anything like that?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/29/2012

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Depending on his age, if it is effecting his teeth, I know dentists make mouth guards for that. Maybe call your dentist and have him check out his bite. See if he needs it.

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