Gritting Her Teeth

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piratesmermaid - February 27

This morning I heard Gretchen clacking her teeth together and started grinding a little bit, now that her upper tooth has completely broken through. What can I do at this age to keep her from ruining her teeth?

 

ssmith - February 27

LOL I don't think you can do anything! I also don't think they will damage their teeth, although sometimes it used to sound as though my dd was going to snap her tooth right off. I have spoken to my health nurse and a dentist, and neither one were at all worried about it. I think they must like the sound or the feel of it. I'm pretty sure that it is just a (really irritating) phase that will pa__s....My dd used to grit her teeth all the time, but doesn't do it any more thank goodness. Maybe have some teether toys handy and shove one in her mouth when she starts....

 

missy - February 27

Oh man--my dd does this also and it drives me nuts!! Its like nails on a chalkboard!!

 

olhdw101 - February 27

My eldest daughter would do that when she was little (she’s 8 now) she had a bad habit of doing it at night. She wore her teeth down to little nubs, primary teeth are a lot softer then adult teeth. I took her to the dentist and he said there is nothing you can do about it. She has all her adult teeth in now and does not do it at all.

 

ashtynsmom - February 27

Don't scold her, it will just bring attention to it, and she will do it more. We ignored dd when she did this, or put her paci in to stop it, and it only lasted a couple of weeks. She will still do it on occasion, but not constantly like she did when they first came in!

 

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