Oral Health

Question
Posted by: ants | 2007/03/13

Q.

Teeth grinding

my 4 year old son grinds his teeth (during his sleep only ) this has resulted in his 4 top teeth being half their normal size already. I've consulted a dentist, who advise this cannot be treated, I'm worried that he will have almost no top teeth left in a year or so. Can anything to be done? Would a gum guard help?

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

Interestingly I have just read an article on the subject. Most clinicians (myself included) are of the opinion that it is best to first try and trat the child's anxiety. 90% of grinding in children under 14 is caused by stress/anxiety. Try to calm your child before sleeping and if necessary ask him if anything is bothering him.

in extreme cases a guard may help.

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