(Closed) Worried. My daughter is a tooth grinder. Do you have experience w/ this?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My daughter is a tooth grinder too. All night in her sleep she grinds and grinds. I go in and poke her little cheeks multiple times in the night to make her stop. Then she just pops her thumb in so I can’t win. Her front teeth are bucked out from sucking and her molars are being ground away. I need to start saving now for braces I guess lol. I complained to the dntist and he says they won’t do any extraordinary measures to stop these habits till she is six.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was a tooth grinder when I was a child. Turns out it was because of my mis-aligned bite (mostly underbite). I got a retainer/spacer to help align it since I was too young for braces. When I was 12, I got braces put on to straighten everything out and no longer have the urge to grind, thank God!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I was a tooth grinder too, once I got braces and jasper jumpers to move my jaw the issue disappeared. Though I now have the issue of a popping jaw, but I think if I actually wore my retainers the problem would go away lol.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/teeth/bruxism.html

Its really pretty common in children and most will outgrow it as they age. I have yet to see any dentist (pediatric or otherwise) make them a bite appliance, but I’ll be curious to hear what yours has to say.

Both of mine did it too, but outgrew it early on. The bite plane in kids is pretty flat, but if they’re in the stages of having a mixed dentition(some baby and erupting permanent), the grinding may begin…its the body’s way of getting everything to feel comfortable and does it unconsciously. Many times it stops once their 6 year molars come in, but they come in behind the baby teeth so are often mistaken for primary teeth.

They may also be checking her tonsils and airway for any breathing issues, as they are sometimes narrowed as well. Sounds obscure, but I hear it all the time. Does she get many or any sore throats or earaches or have dark circles under her eyes?How is her speech?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Yes…dental hygienist and worked in all areas of dentistry for over 30 years.

Lots of things come in to play anatomically when trying to figure out the cause of something like this. The dentist you’re seeing may think its no big deal, or may suggest you try certain things to help or may refer you elsewhere for an exam and evaluation. She’s in a stage of flux right now as many things are growing and changing, so it may be just a matter of wait and watch.

My oldest started seeing the orthodontist at age 3 for a poorly developing jaw and a bite that was way off. After the initial exam and records, he decided to see her annually to track her progression, but she didn’t get any appliances until she was 10. Braces finally off in her Sr. year of high school.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I grind my teeth to this day, and I still have all of them (and they are normal-sized :-)) so rest assured, she will not lose her teeth! Worst case scenario, she may have to wear a retainer-type mouth guard at night when she gets older. That’s what I’ve done for the past few years and I’m totally used to it by now. It looks sort of like a thicker invisalign retainer. I actually didn’t know that I grind my teeth until I got my braces off and started wearing an invisalign retainer and I made little holes in it! That’s when the dentist made my mouth guard and it’s been fine ever since.

PS: She is absolutely adorable! What a little doll 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am actually a grinder myself, and have been since I was little.

While my parents noticed when I was little, nothing was ever done about it. When I got my braces off and got a retainer, we really started noticing the damage I was doing (as I wore through the retainer). I tried mouth guards, but always remove them in my sleep.

Some kids will grow out of it with age. Sadly, I never did. I’ve got no answers on what should be done, as I do nothing for mine.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m a grinder as well. I had a mouthgurard made about 20 years ago (ughh that makes me feel old) but I didn’t like it. However, I am reconsidering the idea because I recently chipped a tooth while sleeping and I’m noticing my front teeth are wearing un-evenly. It has taken a long time for this to happen though. I’m 35.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Any update? Have you taken her yet?

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m glad things are ok! I grind my teeth really badly, and didn’t even learn I did it until college when my roommates complained. It’s good you know early, so you can keep an eye on things. I have a nightguard now, but due to years of grinding without the guard have wrecked the enamel on 2 of my teeth. The dentist is going to do 2 gold inlays so I can’t grind it out, and I should be fine.

I’ve heard that the majority of people grow out of this by adulthood anyway. My sisters and I all grind our teeth and are sleeptalkers, so I think I just got bad genetics in my case.

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