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A 34-year-old female asked about a 12-year-old male:

smacks mouth throughout night every night for past few years. before that was teeth grinding. should i be concerned about something serious?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
"Smacks": Further investigation is warranted. Both bruxism (grinding) and lip smacking may be signs of malocclusion, partial airway obstruction, parafunctional habit, stress, and/or dentofacial imbalance. To start you should see your 12 year old's pediatrician to evaluate tonsils/adenoids, and at the same time an orthodontist to evaluate dental/skeletal balance. Both will evaluate airway.

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Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea.

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