Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Samantha | 2012-07-26


Grinding teeth

Dear Doc

My 6 year old son has a tendency to grind is teeth in his sleep. He has beendoing this since the age of 4. I am worried as I dont know how bad this could be for his teeth.
He is a rather happy child and does not complain of any pain in his mouth.
He tends to grind them rather loud, and sometimes when I awake from my sleep, I try and wake him so that he stops.
Do you perhaphs know wht could be the reason for this. And if I need to take him for a medical exam, what sort of doctor could assist with this problem, if this is a concerning factor.
If any other mums have experienced this with your kids, any light on this matter would help. Thanks

Expert's Reply



This is quite a common problem and the cause is usually not obvious. It can be a very difficult habit to stop. Fortunately this grinding of teeth usually occurs in children while they still have their first set of teeth [milk teeth] Once the permanent teeth start to come through,which should happen next year with your son, the habit will disappear.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.