4yr old Grinding Teeth

Geena - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I noticed about 2 years ago that my son grinds his teeth while he's sleeps and it's so loud and kinda scary to listen to. It sounds like it hurts. I have talked to different doctors and they all said unfortunately this is becoming more common and there isn't an exact reason as to why it happens. I guess my question is, does anyone else have children that grind their teeth, if so what do u do to make it stop or at least accomodate the situation so the childs teeth doesn't get all messed up...

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Ernestina - posted on 10/14/2010

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My 4yr old daughter has been grinding her teeth since she was 2 and the dentist said not to be too concerned until she gets her permanet teeth in. That's when grinding will start damaging teeth permanetly. Now there baby teeth are going to fall out so there is no permanet damage.

Emma - posted on 10/15/2010

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my daughter also 4 goes through this phase sometimes during night times, some times she has been sleeping with me so it has been an advantage to each time she does it the only thing that works for me is to nudge her til she slightly wakens but not fully awake and she usually stops or if she continues i carry out same procedure, recently shes wanted to go bk to her own bed so im unsure if she still does it coz i dont get waken, its maybe just a phase coz shes recently started shouting at her younger brother and her sleep, hope this helps

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Erin - posted on 02/02/2011

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My daughter turned 5 yesterday, and she has been grinding her teeth for over a year. Dentist says its likely a phase, it could be because her adult teeth are starting to develop in her gums, or just because its a stress reliever. She doesnt do it when shes awake, and in fact she did it by accident once at the dinner table and it made her cringe. its only when she is sleeping!
Dentist said in my case, nothing was wrong with her teeth, and he checked them out and nothing changed in the 6 month span between the checkups. But dang, when she crawls into bed after having a nightmare, I cant sleep all night because its just a horrid noise!

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2011

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our dentist told us that most people grow-up grinding their teeth. some kids grow out of it and others will need a guard when older. my daughter was the same way about that age...luckily she has grown out of the habit and yes, it was horrible to listen to. not sure if you child has all his teeth, but i always thought it could be a way to help the child cut their teeth. good luck!

Melissa - posted on 02/01/2011

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My now 7 year old has done this as long as i can remember the dentist told me at hi annual check up about a year ago that once he gets through some more permanent teeth and if the grinding doesnt stop, they will think about making up a mouth guard for him to use when he sleeps.

Jessica - posted on 11/05/2010

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Our four year old does as well... I think it seems to only be during growth spurts as well. I wouldn't worry about it too much until after he starts getting permanent teeth... unless of course he starts complaining about his jaw hurting. Then I would consult with his pediatrician

Jessica - posted on 10/14/2010

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When I was younger I done it in my sleep, but no longer do and my boyfriend does it now in his sleep. My son hasn't starting doing it yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I had a mouth guard I had to ware at night when I was young that my mom had got from a dentist. I would push the issue with getting one bc it can't be good for his teeth and it does sound awful .

Yvonda - posted on 10/10/2010

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3 of my 4 children had been through a grinding teeth stage(while sleep) the dentist wasnt too worried about it once it stopped with the permanent teeth

Jessica - posted on 10/04/2010

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My son does it when it hits a growth spurt. So it's not all the time. But he ONLY does it in his sleep. I'll sometimes grab his chin and he'll stop. It's annoying and the sound is horrible but his teeth are find from it thankfully. Hopefully he will outgrow it. My only suggestion is a mouth guard. Our dr told us to get one if he does it ALL the time.

Jenna - posted on 10/02/2010

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my son is 4 in december and does the same thing... loud... scary loud... when he stays with my mother she says it even wakes her up at night... doctors didnt give me much of an explination , same with dentist...and never mentioned anything about a mouth gaurd... maybe i should ask again and push it a little more

Crystal - posted on 09/29/2010

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my daughter does the same thing and the dentist just wants to wait it out for now

Carisa - posted on 09/28/2010

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Has he seen a dentist? I thought they made mouth guards for people who grind their teeth. Maybe not for little kids. A dentist should be able to help.

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