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A 32-year-old member asked:

When do you need to stop a child from grinding his teeth at night?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 42 years experience
You Can't: Grinding teeth is very common in children but it is not something you can control. Later as a late teen or adult plates can be made by your dentist to help prevent the grinding from doing damage.
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Dr. Leo Morton
Pediatric Dentistry 43 years experience
Around 7: Grinding is quite common in children before 6. It is usually different than grinding in adults. This natural adjustment of the bite usually slows down and stops by the time the first permanent molars erupt between 6 and 7. If it persists or of it is causing excessive wear of primary molar teeth then it should be re evaluated.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you stop a child from grinding his teeth at night?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Tincture of time: Give it time. Children grind teeth at night because 1. They grow in different locations in their jaws on different days and they are 'grinding in' their occlusion, and 2. They are backing up the computer. They learn so much stuff every day that they need time to process it all. Grinding should begin to disappear as permanent teeth start to erupt.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you stop a child from grinding her teeth all the time?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Problem: Grinding at night between ages 3-6 not a problem as usually disappears spontaneously. Grinding during day is a problem, and may be symptomatic of tension, adhd, ocdc, high sugar diet, or neurologic disorder. Have child checked by both dentist and pediatrician.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

I'm curious as to what can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Dentistry 37 years experience
Dental exam: See a dentist to evaluate your grinding. You may be damaging your teeth and causing TMJ pain. headaches and other problems
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop grinding my teeth at night?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Less Masseter Spasm: Jaw muscles called masseters can be over active ; spastic causing clenching. My observations noted one-sided masseter spasm in people who slightly tilt head to one side, with spasm on non-tilt side. When two masseters unequal in strength, the jaw bone moves irregularly causing wear on temporalmandibular joint. Solutions include correct head tilt ; biofeedback to decrease masseter spasms.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How would i know if i'm grinding my teeth at night?

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 23 years experience
Ginding teeth: You may have wear facets on several teeth (see picture), you may wake up with a tender jaw, you may wake up with a headache, you may have flat teeth or shiny fillings on back teeth, your teeth may have small fractures. See your dentist to evaluate you and fit you for a professional custom night guard.
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