Naturopathic Physician Questions Tooth Disorders

My daughter is grinding her teeth. What could be the reason behind this?

My daughter is 4 years old and has been grinding her teeth very badly. What could be the cause for this? Is it some discomfort? What can i do to ease it for her?

8 Answers

It's not uncommon for children to grind their sleep (especially in their sleep). It definitely can happen when baby teeth are being lost and permanent teeth are coming in. They do grow out of it. If it's to the point where it's keeping her up at night, causing jaw pain, showing signs of wear or damage to her teeth or gum, definitely talk to her dentist to see what they can help with. What you can do in the meantime, if those issues arise, is find out if she's doing it because of stress, anxiety or nervousness. See if she's getting plenty of water to stay hydrated and start looking into if her diet is involved with what she's doing. I hope this helps.
Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.


Grinding of teeth (bruxism) in children can be from a wide range of reasons, but typically, we see grinding due to the following: teeth that are not aligned properly, pain (earache or any other pain in the body), stress/agitation, hyperactivity and less commonly parasitic infections (pinworms or other intestinal parasites). With limited information, the best thing I can advise is to speak with your child's pediatrician or other healthcare provider to find the cause and address the problem accordingly.
Teeth grinding is a symptom of stress and anxiety. There are medicinal plants which are safe for children and alleviate stress and anxiety to end teeth grinding.

Typically when we see Bruxism (teeth grinding) it is usually relating to some kind of stress in a child's life. You can try incorporating some down time before bed or relaxation time w/tummy massage or diffuser w/essential oil in your daughter's bedroom to help ease her to sleep and help her stop grinding her teeth. Another thing
that can ease teeth grinding is a good distractor such as a doll or something they can hold or play with like a nubby ball. Something with texture tends to calm children down.

Check diet and look at constipation issues or stomach issues. When children are prone to digestive issues or are not getting enough fluids, they can have teeth grinding issues.

There are a great deal of other factors that can cause teeth grinding. Be sure to get her checked out by her dentist as well.
Most likely parasites cause this....

Lori M. Dubetz, ND
Cervical instability can cause irritation to the nervous system so get checked by a chiropractor that treats children. In addition, foods can irritate many children. Changing the diet can also make a big difference.
Nervousness or intestinal worms