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9 Month Old Grinding Her Teeth

My 9 month-old has her top and bottom two teeth and has for about a month. Lately, she has started grinding them together. Apart from the horrible noise it makes (yikes) it cannot be good for those little choppers. I've tried gently telling her "no" and putting my finger in between when she does it but that doesn't seem to be helping. We're trying to wean her away from her paci (only for naps and nightime) so I hate giving it to her but it does stop her from grinding. We've tried every teether known to man from frozen washcloths to expensive store-bought or special order teethers and she's just never liked them. Any help moms?

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Thanks everyone - it sounds like this is just one of those "phases" I hadn't heard about since so many of you experienced it too. I'll just try subtle distractions when she starts up and hope she outgrows it soon! (just makes me cringe - argh). She has her 9mo check-up Friday so I'll do a quick check with her Ped to make sure all is a-ok. Thanks again!

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Hi K.!
I know that this is an awful stage they go through!! I have 4 children and they all did it. Just remember that they have never had teeth before and it's all new to them and she is getting used to having all this new "stuff" in her mouth and, "hey, these make great sounds"! I remember that it only lasts a couple of weeks, 3 at the most. Maybe instead of teethers for her, how about earplugs for you??:) Just kidding!! I know it is hard. Just reading about it I can hear it and remember how it sounds! This too shall pass!! Honest! Take care, N. V.

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We went through the same thing with my son when he first started getting teeth. The pediatrician said that although it might be annoying, it's nothing to be concerned about at this point. He actually outgrew it in a couple of months. Good luck!

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My daughter did this too just a little later than 9 months but she was also a little late to get her teeth. I know you want to take away the pacifier, we were doing the same thing when she started doing that too, but I had to give it to her just for a little while when she would grind her teeth. I couldnt stand the noise of it, she eventually stopped and now the pacifier only comes out during napping and night time. I'm sure it isnt harmful it's just them trying out these new things they have in their mouths. Good luck, hopefully it will pass soon!!

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I would guess it's a phase and will pass. Continue offering her something else to chew on. Maybe even those teeting crackers you find in the baby aisle. Some people love those - I always found them messy, but I would take the mess over grinding! :) It's not going to hurt her teeth at this age. She's just figuring things out.

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Its totally normal! My boys both did that when they got thier top and bottom teeth in, they'd grind them together. ITs a new thing for them, having those teeth, so they are trying out something new. Soon it will to the point where its not such an ew thing anymore, and she'll move onto somethign else, like pulling up or walking. :) It wont harm her teeth so don't worry too much about it. I know the sound though... used to totally skeeve me out but it only lasted for a short time before they got over it and stopped.

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my boys both did this and it drove me nuts! I tried the same thing as you (no and putting my finger in there). I eventually gave it up and they eventually grew out of doing it. It was a stage they went thru and they didn't ruin their teeth.

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My daughter did the same thing. My dad is a dentist and reassured me that it is ok. He said that some kids grind while teething and that it does not do damage to the teeth. She did stop after getting used to her new found front teeth, so there is relief in sight from that noise:)

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my daughter who is now 15 months old did the same thing. I talked to my dentist about it and they told me that it is a phase that some kids go through. It is a way of making their teeth feel better when they are teething. He said that she will stop doing it on her own. My other two kids did not grind their teeth so it was new to me. I guess the dentist was right because she does not do it any more.

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Hi K.!
I know that this is an awful stage they go through!! I have 4 children and they all did it. Just remember that they have never had teeth before and it's all new to them and she is getting used to having all this new "stuff" in her mouth and, "hey, these make great sounds"! I remember that it only lasts a couple of weeks, 3 at the most. Maybe instead of teethers for her, how about earplugs for you??:) Just kidding!! I know it is hard. Just reading about it I can hear it and remember how it sounds! This too shall pass!! Honest! Take care, N. V.

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We went through the same thing with my son when he first started getting teeth. The pediatrician said that although it might be annoying, it's nothing to be concerned about at this point. He actually outgrew it in a couple of months. Good luck!

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As hard as it is you have to ignore it or it will become a game. As long as there is no grinding while sleeping it is okay. Grinding provides relief for teething pain. My daughter is doing it now as her molars are coming in. Good luck.

My daughter is now 7 and she has been grinding her teeth in her sleep as long as I can remember. I also grit my teeth at night and I wear a mouth guard. I have talked with my daughter's dentist and there is nothing they can do when they are this young since their mouth and teeth are still growing they don't want to put anything in their mouth to restrict this growth. I have layed with my daughter before when she is doing it and it is just a horrible sound. We work on ways to try and help her relax but I think it is just something we will have to live with until she is an adult.

I would certainly give her the pacifier. Especially if it stops the grinding. My girl had hers till around 2. I would also suggest asking your doc how to stop the grinding. It will wear her teeth down or break them, not to mention the potential permanent it can cause.
Rebecca

My son did it at night to relax himself to go to sleep. He ended up doing it for several years and the dentist said it is normal for some people and there is not much you can do about it, especially with young children. My son is 8 and rarely does it any more. My husband grinds his teeth at night and wears a mouthguard for it. It's normal!

Each of my 3 girls did this for a few months & then promptly stopped. I wouldn't worry too much about it, it's seems to be a phase.

Hi K.
Both my children would also grind their teeth.
it is a phase. the more attention you give her for doing it the longer it will take for her to out grow the phase. Good luck that noise is horriable. T.

My 9 month old grinds her teeth together too!! I have no idea how to stop it. I think that they are just trying to discover these new teeth and what they can do. Hopefully they'll grow out of it. I just try to re-direct her if I find her grinding and that usually works. I usually try to give her one of those Munchkin feeding nets, where you can put cut up apples, frozen blue berries, or whatever you want, in them. That will keep her mouth busy for a while and stop the grinding!

K.,

Grinding is usually due to stress. She is so young, but maybe it is stressing her to not have her paci. Give it back to her for now. Also, try baby massage to calm her. That might help. Don't tell her "no", because it will make her more conscious of it and may continue. It tends to soothe.

As a life-long grinder (at night), I know that it is difficult to stop. A stress-free life (ha ha) helps, so start her out early.

Good luck,

L. :)

This may not be your situation but worth a check on.
My Gran daughter did this and had a pacifer to boot. Horror to me but parents would not listen. Easier to pop on in then hold and cuddle children for one now a days to sixties.
Anyway She ended up having several teeth filled and pulled and m issing up to five years old.
To now five years later braces where she had to have something winded up in them every day for a long time.
And now braces and more surgery.
Something about the jaw.
Any way if they would of avoided the pacifer and had her jaw and bones checked this would of not happened.
Oh no bottle in bed also would of helped.
Anyway her bones and teeth was broken,over grown etc.
So please see if a medical reason is why.
Doctors refused to send her to a dentail bone specialist and now she has to live with all this and braces, expectly for a girl is hard to be in fourth grade.
Hopefully your situation is just a away for the child to get attention.
Attention,nervous,unknown grinding is mild reasons.
Above is the example of a problem not being addressed.
So thank for being a concerned Mom.

TRy;;
Knox flavor jello mixed to directions,
Cheerios not generic or cheap brand on a string ...tie strongly.
Soak cheerios a moment with quick dunk or so in jello.
Freeze or chill.
Later when hard and set this will be a good treat for the child if the doctor oks it.
Teether to be used with adult watching.

Or you can place cheerios minus string on their high chair tray.

And if doctor ok the rest of the jello is a good treat for Mom,other children and baby.

Toss out the rubbery top .

hope this helps.
D.

Also to prevent damage dentists and doctors can place a sealer over the teeth or for older children a guard they told us or a spacer(it helps even the teeth and it may hurt not at all but makes it uncomfortable to do this so this unconsious grinding stops soon.

Hi K.,

My little girl was grinding her teeth at 9 months old too and then she just stopped. I think they are just interested in their new teeth. I would give it some time before really worrying about it.

My Best,
M. C

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