|My baby has started to grind his teeth. It is a noise that
gives me goose bumps, I hate it so much, and worry about
what it is doing to his teeth. How serious is this?
There are a couple of different reasons why babies do activities
like tooth grinding. Firstly it can just be part of the
whole discovery mode that he is in. Suddenly he has discovered
that if he rubs his teeth together, they make this loud
and satisfying noise. If this is the reason, then he will
gradually lose interest in it, and it will be replaced by
his new favorite behaviour.
In addition, this may be one of the way that baby copes
with tension. Babies do experience stress, and they find
strange ways to deal with it. Head banging, rocking and
hair twiddling all fall into this category. It may be that
when baby is trying to go to sleep, the grinding of teeth
helps him reduce his stress levels enough to doze off. So
adding some extra quiet soothing play and cuddling, especially
at the end of the day, may reduce or even eliminate his
need to grind. He may also find other ways to cope with
his stress as he gets older, and stop grinding of his own
If you feel that the amount of grinding is excessive, and
that it is increasing in duration or intensity, then it
is worth discussing this issue with your doctor or dentist.