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My 7 year old son grinds his teeth in sleep during night.what could be the cause?

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Dr. Media Najafi
Dentistry 23 years experience
It's normal: A good number of children grind their teeth and they grow out of it. Grinding teeth is related to central nervous system and why children do it is not know for sure. Nothing to worry about.
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 16 years experience
Stress: Believe it or not, small children experience stress in their lives just as we do. The most common reason to grind the teeth is stress related. However, another cause is due to eruption of teeth. This could be a normal body response to dealing with the change in the bite as they lose baby teeth and get adult teeth. Take him to an orthodontist for an exam to know for sure. Check out www.Braces.Org.
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
No cause...: A lot of kids go through a phase of tooth grinding. Most kids outgrow it, there's very little chance he will do any real damage to his teeth, and there isn't really anything you can do to stop him fr doing it.
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Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry 25 years experience
Normal: Many children grind their teeth. Some hyperactive children do. Some may do so in response to ear ache or nightmare. Or even developing and a changing tooth alignment or eruption sequence. But, most grow out of it.
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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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