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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?

Posted by Frankiielot, 15th September 2021

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  • 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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