Baby Grinding Teeth
How come my baby grinds his/her teeth?
Professionals don’t know for certain what causes teeth grinding, but they point fingers at tension or anxiety, discomfort (from earaches or teething, for example), and malocclusion (a dental term when ever the teeth don’t line up just right). Some also suggest that allergic reaction may are likely involved. Then there is some proof that pinworms are sometimes at fault. Finally, your child may just be getting used to the sensation of having teeth in his/her mouth.
Your son or daughter is a little more prone to grind his/her teeth if you do. He’s/She’s also more likely to grind if he/she drools or talks in his/her sleep.
About 38 percent of kids grind their teeth, according to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. The average age for starting the habit is about 3 1/2 years and also the typical age for stopping is 6 years old. Almost all teeth grinding happens during the night time.
Would it be harmful to him/her?
Generally, teeth grinding isn’t detrimental. It is rather unlikely your toddler’s doing any harm to his teeth, and it’s most likely that he’ll soon outgrow the habit. Point out it to his dentist, so she/he can look at the teeth for wear and any resulting issues, like pulp exposure, cavities, and fractures.
Can I do anything to help him to stop?
Even though the sound may perhaps be disturbing, almost certainly you’ll just have to wait for your baby to grow out of it. Meanwhile, it won’t hurt to work on a comforting bedtime routine — maybe a easygoing soak in the tub, a little back rub, or added cuddling in the rocking chair. If he’s/she’s teething or has an ear infection, consider giving him the correct dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the irritation.
Older kids are sometimes fitted using a night guard – a plastic device fitted to the mouth area to stop clenching and grinding of the teeth while sleeping. But your child’s dentist probably will not consider this an option until your infant has at least some permanent teeth, or around age 6.