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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: landi | 2004/10/27

Q.

grinding teeth

my 6 year old boy grinds his teeth in his sleep - real hard! is there a reason for this - should I be worried?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is fairly common and we do not know why children do this. Sometimes it increases during times of pschychological stress (e.g. new school, teacher etc.) It may be worthwhile to carefully evaluate all possible triggers, but if it persists for more than a few months you need to consult with your dentist. They usually make a teeth guard, especially if the permanent dentition is involved.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/31

Grinding teeth at night may be benign or may be associated with emotional insecurity.
Have him see a psychologist who will refer him to a Psychiatrist if needed.

But until the root of the problem is sought, take him to a dentist who will arrange for a "Gum guard" to prevent him from repeatedly injuring his jaw in the process.

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