Grinding his teeth?

Lisa - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




My little guy has already gotten 5 teeth in and now has learned to grind them. It's the most awful sound in the world, I've tried telling him "no" but he only 5 1/2 mos. Any suggestions? He doesn't do it at any particular time, i.e bored, angry, I think it's just the newness of teeth.


Kristian - posted on 02/25/2009




My oldest son would grind his teeth when he was a baby and it lasted through the toddler years, you can tell he did by looking at his baby teeth, the dentist said if he continued to grind once his permanent teeth came in he would need to sleep with a night guard to protect them, thankfully he has stopped since starting to lose the baby teeth and getting the permanent ones in, evidently he would do it at night and I never heard it, the dentist pointed it out to me at his first appt when he was 3. Your boy (cute as can be by the way) will probably not do it so much after he gets used to them being there.

Taryn - posted on 02/24/2009




My guys did not get teeth until nearly a year and I never noticed them grinding their teeth but your question sparked my curiousity so...

Here is an article and another link that I found.

Hope this helps some.....:)

Why it happens

Teeth grinding, technically known as bruxism, is a common nighttime habit in many babies. About 50 percent of all infants will grind their teeth before their first birthday. This behavior usually starts around 10 months, when your child's front teeth � two on the top and two on the bottom � have come in. Some babies grind their teeth all night long, while others do it off and on.

What you can do about it

Some babies will stop grinding their teeth if they sleep on their side. If that doesn't work, don't worry. The sound may be nerve-racking for you, but the grinding won't hurt your baby's teeth and he'll outgrow this habit eventually. A low-key approach is best; making a big deal out of the behavior may only encourage the grinding.


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Erica - posted on 11/26/2011




i used to grind my teeth all the time. by the time i was six i had to have a special mad mouth guard by the dentist. within a week i had ground all the way through it. that was just wearing it at night. the thing cost my parents almost $500 so they went and spent like $5 on a football one for me because i would go through them so fast. i finally quit grinding my teeth when i was about 9-10. i still wake myself every once in a great while doing it. it is very rare tho. my son is 3 and i catch him doing it once in a great while but not very often. i asked his dentist about it and he said being that they are baby teeth and they ould loose them it is not so bad but i was old enough when i did it that i had to have intervention.

Bekka - posted on 10/25/2011




My daughter grinds her teeth! I was so worried when I first heard her doing it, since she only had 3 teeth, but it seems to just be her exploring the sensation of something new in her mouth. Apparently she ll grow out of it.

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