While your child is sleeping, you may notice that they are continually moving their mouth. When the teeth rub together, this can be accompanied by grinding sounds. These are all indications that your toddler is teeth grinding.
1. Toddlers grind their teeth for a variety of reasons.
Dentists aren’t always sure why a toddler grinds his or her teeth. The following are some of the possible reasons. Your child is doing it to ease pain, such as an aching ear or teething discomfort. Certain medical disorders, such as cerebral palsy, or medications administered can cause this.
Teeth grinding in older children might be an indication of stress or worry. A change in routine or feeling poorly, for example, can cause stress. It’s possible that neither you nor your doctor will be able to pinpoint the exact cause.
2. What is the best time for my child to see a doctor or dentist?
If you notice your child grinding their teeth on a regular basis, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist. The dentist will examine your child’s teeth for signs of wear and tear, such as chipped enamel or fractured or cracked teeth.
The dentist will also examine your child’s teeth for misalignment, which could be the cause of the grinding in the first place.
3. What are the options for treating teeth grinding?
The most common treatment for toddler teeth grinding is to do nothing. You can try to build more of a schedule with your child if you feel stress or worry is a possible cause. This could involve scheduling extra snuggling time or reading time before bed to help them relax and unwind before falling asleep.
After their baby teeth fall out, most children cease grinding their teeth. While your toddler may have a few more years with their baby teeth, you may rest assured that they will outgrow the habit.