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My 11 month old has started grinding his top and bottom teeth quite hard. Is this common? Can he damage his teeth? How to get him to stop?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
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In brief: Bruxism in children

Bruxism (grinding of teeth) in 11 months old is not very common but it can happen at any age.
Depending upon the duration, the teeth can wear away somewhat. There is nothing that you can do for an 11 month old. However, I have personally never seen enough severe damage to primary (baby) teeth that would become problematic. Often, it's temporary. Don't worry.See a pedodontist for child's 1st visit.

In brief: Bruxism in children

Bruxism (grinding of teeth) in 11 months old is not very common but it can happen at any age.
Depending upon the duration, the teeth can wear away somewhat. There is nothing that you can do for an 11 month old. However, I have personally never seen enough severe damage to primary (baby) teeth that would become problematic. Often, it's temporary. Don't worry.See a pedodontist for child's 1st visit.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: You can't

Most children grind teeth at one time or another. Usually not a problem if disappears by time permanent teeth start to erupt (about 6), you need to: 1.
Have pediatrician check him for medical problem, but this is very unusual 2. Make an appointment with pediatric dental specialist for jaws and teeth, examination, hygiene & diet instructions, Fluoride balancing, and so much more. Don't wait.

In brief: You can't

Most children grind teeth at one time or another. Usually not a problem if disappears by time permanent teeth start to erupt (about 6), you need to: 1.
Have pediatrician check him for medical problem, but this is very unusual 2. Make an appointment with pediatric dental specialist for jaws and teeth, examination, hygiene & diet instructions, Fluoride balancing, and so much more. Don't wait.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Teeth Grinding

This is called bruxism and is common and normal.
Fortunately, he will lose these baby teeth, so there is no permanent damage. Bruxism usually occurs at night, during sleep. If he is doing it frequently during the day, try to ignore it (any intervention may teach him that he gets more attention by grinding). If he continues, see his pediatrician to check if he has any problem that is stressing him.

In brief: Teeth Grinding

This is called bruxism and is common and normal.
Fortunately, he will lose these baby teeth, so there is no permanent damage. Bruxism usually occurs at night, during sleep. If he is doing it frequently during the day, try to ignore it (any intervention may teach him that he gets more attention by grinding). If he continues, see his pediatrician to check if he has any problem that is stressing him.
Dr. Marianne Finerman
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Dr. Natalie Geary
Pediatrics

In brief: TEETH

Please bring him to pediatrician.
.. He shouldnt have enough teeth to grind, and may have underlying condition.

In brief: TEETH

Please bring him to pediatrician.
.. He shouldnt have enough teeth to grind, and may have underlying condition.
Dr. Natalie Geary
Dr. Natalie Geary
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