For the past few months, I am concern and worry over Yvette grinding her teeth while sleeping. Initially she did it softly but lately, the sound becomes louder. Initially I thought she is inherited with this “problem”. D grinds his teeth a lot too, till I read this from Baby Centre.
Why does my toddler grind his teeth?
Experts don’t know for sure what causes teeth grinding, but they point fingers at tension or anxiety, pain (from earaches or teething, for example), and malocclusion (a dental term for when the teeth don’t line up just right). Some also suggest that allergies may play a role. And there’s some evidence that pinworms are sometimes the culprit. Finally, your toddler may just be getting used to the sensation of having teeth in his mouth.
Your child is a bit more likely to grind his teeth if you do. He’s also more likely to grind if he drools or talks in his sleep.
About 38 percent of children grind their teeth, according to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Dentistry for Children. The average age for starting the habit is around 3 1/2 years and the average age for stopping is 6 — though, of course, people of all ages grind their teeth. Almost all teeth grinding happens at night.
Is it bad for him?
In most cases, teeth grinding isn’t harmful. It’s very unlikely that your toddler’s doing any damage to his teeth, and it’s very likely that he’ll soon outgrow the habit. Mention it to his dentist, though, so she can check the teeth for wear and any resulting problems, like pulp exposure, cavities, and fractures.
Can I do anything to help him stop?
Although the noise is probably disconcerting, most likely you’ll just have to wait for your toddler to grow out of it. In the meantime, it won’t hurt to work on a soothing bedtime routine — maybe a leisurely soak in the tub, a little back rub, or extra cuddling in the rocking chair. If he’s teething or has an ear infection, consider giving him the proper dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the discomfort.
Older children are sometimes fitted with a night guard — a plastic device fitted to the mouth to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth during sleep. But your child’s dentist probably won’t consider this an option until your child has at least some permanent teeth, around age 6.
Before reading this, I thought of getting a night guard for Yvette which I know is not cheap. But then I have forgotten to check with my dentist with this option.
Does your child has this problem?
Will the child finally outgrown this habit?
Anyway, here is a question for you (side track)…. Do you know how long we need to brush our teeth then is “consider clean”???
I got to know the answer from my dentist today.
It is 2 minutes! Bloody hell long….. (He got a tooth brush that has a timer. And he brushes his teeth for 2 mins each time.)
Oh my goodness, now I need to brush my teeth for that long….