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A 36-year-old member asked:

How could i get my four year old sister to stop grinding her teeth in her sleep?

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Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 45 years experience
Get mouth guard: See a dentist and get a mouth guard to avoid damage to teeth, but there really is no known treatment to stop a patient from grinding the teeth (bruxism).
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 47 years experience
Tough solution at 4: Treating a 4 year old for grinding is a tough. Mouthguards are not very well tolerated at that age, and determining the cause is even more difficult. I heard once from a kids specialist that if pets are around that may have fleas, the fleas may get into the saliva of the child and create a situation where grinding can occur. Usually they grow out of it, but see kids specialist (pedodontist).
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop my 4 year old from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not much to offer: I've not seen any specific product or medication that ever changed this pattern in a kid. Over time, if the process begins to wear down teeth, a pediatric dentist has occasionally put in stainless caps over the rear molars that separates the teeth slightly & prevents further wearing on other frontal teeth.(but does not stop the noise).
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Last updated Jan 28, 2016

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