My two year old constantly grinds her teeth, whether it be when she’s chewing food (it sounds like creaking floorboards) or in her sleep.
Has anyone else encountered this?
Any suggestions as to what to do as we live in a hotspot, dentists and doctors are only doing phone consults and also I think it would freak her out to bring her to one at this age where she doesn’t fully understand the concept of one yet?

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  • I agree with the others in getting in to see someone as it can be associated with issues like enlarged tonsils or obstructed breathing.. also could just be habitual and nothing to worry about but may as well get it checked if it’s concerning you

  • my daughter does the same. nothing I could do abut it just yet as if I ask her not to do it she will probably do more. Will probably be concerned if she doesn’t grow out of it by the time these teeth have fallen and the new ones come

  • Grinding teeth is a common sign of magnesium deficiency, wouldn’t hurt to try adding some more magnesium into their diet or body care. Some high magnesium foods include Avocado, Almonds, Cashews, Lentils, Chickpeas, Peas, and Bananas. You can get magnesium spray from most chemists or health stores and spray that on the bottom of the feet. You can also get magnesium flakes to add to the bath.

  • This is the perfect age to take her to the dentist. The earlier they use the better they cope.

  • See if you can do a phone consult with your own dentist or doctor. It may just be something that all children do and not everyone notices their child doing it. Try phoning your Health Nurse as she may have a brochure she could send to you to put your mind at ease.

  • Definitely get yourself a Telehealth apppointment. I know there are also come gps that are still doing home visits as well.

  • A telehealth appointment with a GP might be a great place to start. You could also try phoning your Maternal Health Nurse. Best wishes.

  • My children didn’t grind their teeth, but I still do. Thank heavens they didn’t take after me.

  • I think you should see gp-maybe worms?

  • My 11 month old grinds her teeth and I hate the sound! But de what I’ve heard it’s a pretty common thing to do. You could always do a teleconsult just to check what your drs advice is, ypur toddler wouldn’t need to be present for it.

  • Thank you, all!
    I didn’t realise it was as common but it’s comforting to know that they’ll grow out of it.
    Also didn’t think it might be a way to relieve pain. She hasn’t gotten her back teeth yet so it could be that.

  • If it is happening in the day time as well as in her sleep it is generally a habit that kids tend to grow out of. Sometimes this habit can be comforting for the child but it is best to discourage it with rewarding the child for not doing it.

  • My daughter has been grinding her teeth since a toddler (but only in her sleep), the dentist has told me that at this stage there is nothing to worry about and she is not doing any damage. My daughter will turn 9 this year. My parents have told me that I used to grind in my sleep too and I have very healthy teeth. I don’t think it’s something to really worry over just yet. I certainly grew out of it!

  • It can be a little alarming when your baby or toddler clenches their teeth and grinds them. While the sounds of a baby grinding teeth can make you cringe and you might worry if they’re damaging those newly erupted pearly whites, it’s very common and usually completely normal.
    Pain, from teething or an ear infection, can also lead some toddlers to grind their teeth. If there’s no obvious physical reason for your tot’s grinding, then there’s a chance she’s doing it as a reaction to stress or anxiety.
    I would see the GP to rule out any medical reasons

  • Maybe have a chat with your GP first – it’s likely to be behavioural, and they may have some suggestions.

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