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could a four year old have bruxism?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Children often: Grind their primary teeth. It can be for many reasons - uncomfortable with the way their teeth mesh together, tense, stress. It usually resolves in most cases. If you are concerned please contact your dentist.
Dr. Morey Furman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Yes: Bruxism among young children is common. They usually out grow it by the time they are teenagers.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 35 years experience
Studies suggest that bruxism in children often persist into adulthood. It does seem to decrease in frequency due to the changes in sleep architecture experienced as we age.
Oct 31, 2012
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes: We all get worried when we hear our little ones grinding their teeth at night. It is very common. Their mouths are growing, they are getting teeth erupting and it often hurts. So, they clench and grind. Fortunately, for them and us, they seem to grow out of it as they grow and their teeth fill-in. If you are still worried, ask your pediatrician and your child's pedodontist.

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