My son wont stop grinding his teeth!! HELP???
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I am a dentist, what do you mean by wont stop? He grinds constantly, at night, or does he do it when he is upset? Is he using it to sooth himself? Does he have a lot of wear on his teeth from the grinding? Some children tend to grind, some more than others. Kids with strong jaws and square faces tend to be grinders, my son grinds in his sleep. I just keep an eye on the wear of his front teeth. They usually grow out of it. If it is used as a soother, you can look at it like someone who soothes themselves by twirling and pulling out their hair. It is an unusual soothing technique, make sure there isn't too much stress in his routine. Does he have a soothing object like a blanky or a stuffed toy? I do not recommend giving him a pacifier or having him suck his thumb. A sucking habit is soothing for infants but can cause some major problems with the skeletal development and permanent teeth as a child grows if it continues as their permanent teeth come in. Sucking habits are very hard to break. I wouldn't worry about it, bring it to his attention and try to get him to stop if he is doing it when he is awake. Tell him why. It is bad for his teeth. Visit your dentist and let them know of your concern if you haven't already.
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Courtney - posted on 01/31/2009
Thank you everyone for your help and Idea's! Noah has been drinding his teeth for about a month now, the only time he does it is when he does not have his paci. SO im guessing that because he does not have it he went to teeth grinding. My son is not ready to give up his pica but I try not to let walk around with it in, thats when he is grinding his teeth, nothing at night. BUT when he does grind it is SO LOUD and I try to tell him to stop but he will just do it more. IM going to trust you guys, seeming how you already been thru it, and hope it will just go away! THANKS to all XOXO
Brittney - posted on 01/29/2009
As a dental assistant...grinding teeth drives me nuts!! =) However, my 2 yr old does it alot. Normally when he's cutting more teeth it worsens. One of the most common reasons you'll read is that their teeth are constantly changing so they don't fit well together. Which means...grinding. However, it doesn't mean he will do it forever. I tried giving the paci & he just bit thru it...it'd have tons of tears in minutes. My doctor didn't recommend giving it back because it's not guaranteed to work. Hope everything gets better for you guys, & don't freak if ya start seeing a change in his teeth. My teeth are pretty near perfect bc that's one of my top priorities and my sons are chipped... lol. It annoys me, but HEY... the joy of motherhood right?
Kelly - posted on 01/29/2009
My son was a grinder too, but only in his sleep. We could hear it from our room and I was always disturbed by it. I finally asked our dentist about it and he reassured me that it was a normal thing for him to be doing. He's 8 now and to be honest I can't remember when he stopped but it's been some time now since I've heard it.
I agree with Kristy though that stress can be a huge factor.
Cindy - posted on 01/29/2009
I hate to tell you what our pediatrician told us but here it goes! My son would grind his teeth so loud we could hear it from the other side of the house. I had a very old latin pediatrician he was wonderful. He asked what had changed in his habits and it happens that we had taken his got him to give up his pacifier recently. He told us to give it back to him and it worked, it is a self soother. I was worried he would have a pacifier forever. The pediatrician assured us that he will eventually give it up on his own (which he did) adn then I had a worry about his teeth (braces and such) He assured me not to worry the worst that might [ossibly happen is he made need braces later in life (which he never did) but it would be better than trying to replace teeth that were ground down and horrible looking. My son is now 19 years old and he gave up his pacifier day time right away and gave it up at night time on his own when he was four. He has wonderful teeth!
I dont know if this is helpful, but it worked for us!!
My son is 3 and grinds his teeth a lot too. I asked his pediatric dentist about it and he said that it is common for little ones to grind their teeth because baby teeth don't fit together very well, and as the permanent teeth come in the fit together better and the grinding usually goes away. He wasn't concerned at all...
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