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Will using a pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry 39 years experience
Maybe. See below.: I assume you mean in children. The use of a pacifier to stop children from grinding is not what i would recommend. Grinding at night can result from stress. Take your child to a pedodontist for evaluation and treatment options.
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Dr. John Liu
Dr. John Liu commented
Dentistry 36 years experience
If you are talking about using a pacifier for a child who is grinding, I would agree that it isn't recommended. Most children will grow out of grinding at night unless either mom or dad as adults grind their teeth. Then studies do show a high percentage of kids with parents who grind their teeth as adults will grow up to be grinders as adults.
Aug 27, 2012
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation.
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