how do i stop grinding?

Tray - posted on 07/07/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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how do i get my 9 month old to stop grinding her teeth, she even does it in her sleep, please help.

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Emma - posted on 07/07/2009

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Your baby suddenly sounds like a pint-size sawmill: Don't panic! About a third of kids grind their teeth at some point (it's called bruxism) -- especially when their front choppers start to cut through around 8 to 12 months. Rubbing those sharp edges together helps relieve painful gums. It could also be a learning process: "Having teeth is a new sensation," says Jeffrey Janoff, a pediatric dentist in Venice, FL. Grinding's one way a baby can explore what they feel and sound like.

Almost all babies outgrow the habit. Until yours does, you can give her plenty to do and look at, and offer her a chilled teething ring. If she's still grinding after all her teeth come in, have a pediatric dentist check them for signs of excessive wear.

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Jen - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter does it every now and then and the sound drives me up the wall.I just tell her to stop and sometimes I have to go and physically stop her to show her what I mean. It's something they will out grow.

Linda - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter does it too! My pediatrician said not to worry about it at this point because it is do to them getting new teeth.

Amii - posted on 07/07/2009

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both my babies do it Tahnee is now 4 and still does it was suggested that I take to an oesteopath as there might have been tension in her skull the osteopath had a feel and told me she didnt think this was the problem but that she did have a lot of nervous energy! after paying all the money for ten sessions it didnt make a difference although Tahnee did enjoy the sessions and was always really relaxed after! I have also taken her to the dentist as I was worried about damage to her teeth but they said not to worry about them because they are baby teeth. Dont know what I will do when they are not just baby teeth any more, will she have to wear a mouth gaurd to bed? on the positive side I have learnt to sleep through it!! I think it may be a habbit that starts to deal with the pain of teething and then continues as a habbit would .

Lillian - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter did it at the same age. She is one now and has stopped doing it. Thank god. It was driving me crazy. good luck

Jackie - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son is 15 months and he still does it. It drives me crazy. He never took a teething ring, I think he actually thinks it's funny and weird feeling cause he laughs when he does it. Good luck hon, I hate it.

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