February 27, 2008,
E.H. asks from Carrollton, TX on February 25, 2008
5 Year Old Grinding Teeth at Night.......
How do I stop it? "Adult" teeth arent in yet but I would like to stop the problem if possible before the adult teeth come in. HELP!
L.H. answers from Dallas on February 25, 2008
I want to ask you to PLEASE find a dentist that will build a mouth piece for your child to get this behavior stopped as soon as possible. I too starting grinding my teeth as a child. They did not make mouth pieces then. The dentist assured my parents that I would grow out of it. I never did. There were times when I would wake up with bits of teeth in my mouth where I had ground(?) my teeth so hard. I would wake up some mornings with my ear/ears hurting from nothing more than grinding my teeth. That still happens on occasion. If not corrected, it can become a lifelong problem and result in some VERY costly dental bills. (My latest estimate is over $3000. Now that is from grinding my teeth as well as Acid Reflux and the acid eating away at my teeth, but still you can see where it can add up.) Not all dentists will go ahead and make the mouth piece, but I urge you to find one that will. Most children find the mouthpiece uncomfortable and will do anything not to have to where it at night. I can tell you that it does take a concentrated effort to not grind one's teeth. When my son started it as a young toddler, I started keeping him in bed with me and would wake up when I heard him doing it and would wake him up and have him stop grinding his teeth. It took a long time (over a year), but he no longer grinds his teeth. Sure wish I could have found a dentist to make a mouth piece for him rather than have him bruising me from head to toe sleeping with me. hHwever, we did get it accomplished, but not without some dental bills for four fillings where he ground the tops of his teeth off.
Good luck to you. And if you find a dentist that will make a mouth piece, please fill me in. I have another toddler now that hasn't started it, but would like to be prepared should she start it.
Oh! It seems, to me anyway, that the harder one chews their food, the more likely they are to grind. One dentist even told me that I need to quit chewing so hard and so does my son. So, I guess you can take that for what it's worth. I know that my son and I both chew pretty hard and firm. so, maybe there is something to that.
Again, good luck to you.
M.L. answers from Dallas on February 26, 2008
Hi E., You can Ask your pediatrician. Mine said not to worry with baby teeth, he will grow out of it, it's usually caused by some stress . He was right. M.
M.C. answers from Dallas on February 27, 2008
My son does this too. His pediatric dentist said it is quite common and nothing to worry about with the baby teeth. If it continues with adult teeth, you can fit him with a night guard.
"Mom on a Mission"
K.S. answers from Dallas on February 26, 2008
My 6 and 3-year olds grind their teeth really bad at night. They both have terrible allergies and their dentist says that they grind to relieve pressure. She said that they would probably outgrow this. We are going to keep a close eye on the problem and get mouthgaurds at a later time if needed. Good luck!
K.M. answers from Dallas on February 27, 2008
Your dentist will tell you that this is normal. My son used to do the same thing. The dentist said it is actually good for them. It grinds the teeth down to fit better in their mouths.
J.H. answers from Dallas on February 25, 2008
Both my children do it too.. Anything you learn would be great!
I dont know how to stop it either
H.B. answers from Dallas on February 26, 2008
My son ground his teeth since he was 1 year old and still does. He is now 6 years old. He ground them so bad that he had to have crowns in all of his molars due to cavities and have had a root canal. We still cannot figure out what is causing this. He has special needs so most specialists think it is behavioral. He has had his adenoids removed, tubes put in his ears, etc. His grinding is less but is still happening. Now as his permanent teeth are coming in, we will look into having them sealed. So it is important that you figure out what is going on so he does not have to go through what my son have, a lot of dental surgeries.
C.G. answers from Dallas on February 26, 2008
No caffine after 5:00 and exercise the jaws before nite nite.