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can you recommend a night guard for teeth grinding for child 5 years of age?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
None: Grinding teeth is very common in children and there really is nothing you can do but wait and hope they grow out of it. Mouth guards can be a danger for children because they can dislodge and they can choke on them. For adults they are fine and many dentist will make one that fits tight.
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 16 years experience
None: Many, many kids that age grind their teeth, and it's often very loud, like fingernails on a chalkboard. This usually goes away as their permanent teeth come in. Most kids that age will not tolerate or wear a nightguard of any kind, and the grinding should not have any negative effects on their TMJ or permanent teeth.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Do not recommend: At that age the jaw is still growing and baby teeth and adult teeth are coming out as the child grows he will outgrow the guard and the clenching.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Short-lived habit: For most kids this habit is short-lived. The vast majority will outgrow it by age 7 and no treatment or night guards are needed.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Grinding: For most kids grinding caused by 1) backing up the computer (brain)--they learn so much during the day they need processing time, and 2) changes in occlusion as baby teeth start to fall out and permanent teeth come in. It's normal and usually disappears about age 7. Discuss it with your child's General Dentist or Pediatric Dental Specialist at next regular check up, but night guard not needed.

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