Teeth grinding in kids

The scraping of nails on a chalkboard, or an emery board, or any kind of board for that matter is on the top of a list entitled Things That Make the Hair on My Arms Stand Up or Just Slightly Less Painful Than Medieval Methods of Torture. Recently I’ve just discovered the next item down on the list which is hearing my 5 year old grind her teeth while she sleeps.

Excuse me for a moment while I shiver from the heebies that have just taken over my body just from thinking about that wretched noise.

Okay, I’m back.

Even when she hasn’t crawled into our bed at 3 am and is sleeping snug in her own bed, I can still hear my darling 5 year old grinding away at her pearly baby whites through the walls and I will tell ya, it is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

It’s been going on for a few months now so I decided to do some research on line and also call her dentist. In some case, this condition known as Bruxism, may be caused by emotional factors, like stress or over-excitability before bed, but more than likely it is just a normal condition that many kids with baby teeth go through and that it will pass once her big teeth come in. The dentist said it will not do enough damage to her baby teeth to warrant concern and since getting a child that young to wear a mouth guard is next to impossible, I’d be better off by saving the money (which I will probably need on braces someday anyway).

For more info on teeth grinding in kids, watch this clip belowfrom our Ask the Moms segment on Fox 5, PLUS more parenting advice on parenting adopted kids and how to handle a child who is caught helping a friend cheat.

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