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Old 07-20-2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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My son is seven almost eight months old. As his top front teeth have grown in more, he has started to grind them on his bottom teeth. Not only does it sound awful, I know it can't be any good for the teeth themselves. Idk if I should call his pediatrician, our family dentist, or if it's him discovering his teeth. I don't want any damage to be done. Have any of you ever experienced this, if so, any recommendations?
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It's a new one on me. I think I'd call the family dentist and ask him about it.
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Dentist DEFINITELY!!!! This is not only bad for the teeth but the jaw as well.
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All my kids did this, and they all stopped after a little while. No damage was done. If it makes you feel better, give your Ped. a call, or a Ped. dentist (or one that deals with babies)
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This all depends on if he does this in his sleep, while he is awake, or both.

If he does it while he is awake, it is most likely something he is concious of doing and is just discovering his body and finding new things to do with it. Best way to treat this is with distraction, once you notice it distract him with something (But be sure not to make a big fuss over it or he may quickly find out it is a great way to get your attention and you will have a bigger problem on your hands, trust me! ). Or it could be an odd way he found that helps alleviate his teething pain, because pressure does help. A great idea is those little mesh baggies where you can put frozen foods in, this will not only give his mouth something to do other than grind his teeth but will help with teething pain. This is most likely something he will eventually grow out of.

If he does it when he is sound asleep or both, then I would definately seek a doctor and probably get referred to a children's dentist. He may need to be fitted with a mouth peice, and a rather odd one it would be to prevent the little one from choking on it or taking it in and out of his mouth, or something else may need to be done. In time with persistant and constant grinding, he can damage his teeth and jaw, and even eventually damage his underlying permanant teeth (because they are already there underneath the gums) if it continues. So seek a your doctor's advice. Good luck!
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Thank you all for the advice! He only does it when he's awake. I do think it's just him discovering his teeth. When he first got his bottom teeth he would run his tongue over them. I do have those mesh baggies! They are great for teething. I prefer them over teething rings. I'm just afraid he'll chip or break a tooth. So, it looks like I have some calling around to do! Thank you once again!
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