M.C. asks from Fairfax, VA on November 29, 2008
Teeth Grinding - Fairfax,VA
What can I do to stop my 9 month old from grinding his teeth? The noise is awful and I am positive that he has already chipped a corner of his upper tooth. He is doing it more and more often these days. Has anyone else experienced this? If so what did you do to stop it and did it cause damage to your childs teeth?
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L.T. answers from Charlottesville on December 01, 2008
I know that it can be a magnesium problem (not enough) you can get some for baby through vitacost it's a powder and works wonders.
S.H. answers from Washington DC on November 30, 2008
I haven't read others I wrote vut my boy does it and his dentist says not to worry about it.
Others may say different but it hasn't caused any problems for him. Good Luck
J.R. answers from Washington DC on November 30, 2008
They are his baby teeth, so I wouldn't worry about the teeth. I would, however, be concerned about WHY he is grinding. Does he see you react to it and do it to get attention? He might be in an emotional growth spurt and doing it unintentionally. Or there might be something going on. I'd discuss it with your pediatrician.
PS - For what it's worth, my son ground his teeth until one was almost to the nerve. Since his adult teeth have come in, I don't see evidence him grinding anymore.
K.P. answers from Washington DC on November 30, 2008
Oops sorry I started responding to a question but realized I was responding to the wrong one.
J.H. answers from Seattle on November 30, 2008
I don't know how to get him to stop but my son used to grind his teeth a lot when he was just over a year old (he has been late to get his teeth & only had 3 teeth at the time or it probably would've happened earlier). It made such a horrible noise but his dentist said it's normal & not to make a big deal about it & he would stop eventually (which he did, although it felt like it took forever). He even chipped 2 of his teeth & I had them filed down by the dentist. If it wasn't for the pain it caused me during breastfeeding (ouch!), I wouldn't have bothered filing them, but it was reassuring to have him checked out & learn it was normal. Since it was a pretty quick procedure, she didn't even charge for it so ask you child's dentist (or find one if he doesn't have one since kids should see a dentist around their first b-day or within 6mo of getting their first tooth anyhow). Then he did it once more & the dentist filed that one as well. My son will still grind his teeth sometimes but it's usually only for a little while & he stops on his own after less than a day. Good luck with your son & hopefully he'll stop grinding soon!
K.L. answers from Washington DC on November 29, 2008
I used to nanny for a little girl that did this. Her parents consulted a pediatric dentist who assured them it was normal and wasn't causing any harm. The explanation was that it was simply her way of "telling" her teeth how much room they had. She would do it for a week or so, then stop, and the next time she cut more teeth, it would start again (it started around 12 months).
N.B. answers from Washington DC on November 30, 2008
S.O. answers from Washington DC on November 30, 2008
With our son we flicked the side of his cheek and said "stop grinding" he is hard of hearing and so we'd sign what he was doing and say "no" it took a while but he stopped doing it.
Interesting that the other 2 ladies said it was from teething or most likely, I hadn't really thought of that since he hasn't shown any teething complaints no red cheeks or anything.
The noise was very annoying I remember that.
Y.L. answers from Richmond on November 30, 2008
My son grinds his teeth every time he gets new teeth. I took him to the dentist when he was 15 months old because I felt like he chipped a tooth with all that grinding. The dentist said it's normal for them to do it when they get new teeth because they adjust to the feeling of getting a new tooth (my son also bites when he gets new teeth but is not aware that he does it). He said not to worry about it and that it will sort itself out. If he takes a pacifier that's a good way to stop it when you hear him start and at night. The dentist did mention that sometimes they grind because of stress so try to think if you have had any big changes lately in your lives or his and maybe that could be causing it but it's more likely that it's because he is teething. My son doesn't do it anymore (at least not that I can hear). You might want to mention it to the pediatrician next time you see him though and have him take a look. You can take him to the dentist at around 18 months for a first check up. Good luck