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Posted by: anonymou | 2010/08/23

4 year old grinding teeth

my 4 year old boy is grinding his teeth while he is sleeping. sounds terrible and dont know the cause of it all.
some advise will be appreciated.

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This bothersome condition is technicaly known as Bruxism. In very mild forms it may not cause problems ; when more severe it can cause tooth damage, headaches, even jaw problems. It is not fully understood, and a wide range of possible causes have been suggested. It does not seem to be related to anything serious or awful, and most of the time no apparent :cause" is discovered.
The good news is that most kids grow out of it without damage or further problems. Mouth guards can be made by a dentist, to protect the teeth, but could be a problem with a kid of this age. The person most likely to be able to check that the teetch are OK, and to advise, wopuld be a good dentist used to working with kids and with experience in this field.

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Posted by: b m | 2010/08/23

Hi anonymous, Im 27 and I have been grinding my teeth for years, there is not much you can do to stop it. I went to the dentist and they make a mouth guard that you use while you sleep, instead of grinding your teeth you grind the guard, im not sure how it will work with a four year old but take him to the dentist. They will have the best advice.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/08/23

This bothersome condition is technicaly known as Bruxism. In very mild forms it may not cause problems ; when more severe it can cause tooth damage, headaches, even jaw problems. It is not fully understood, and a wide range of possible causes have been suggested. It does not seem to be related to anything serious or awful, and most of the time no apparent :cause" is discovered.
The good news is that most kids grow out of it without damage or further problems. Mouth guards can be made by a dentist, to protect the teeth, but could be a problem with a kid of this age. The person most likely to be able to check that the teetch are OK, and to advise, wopuld be a good dentist used to working with kids and with experience in this field.

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