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Toddler Teeth Grinding While Sleeping
Grinding teeth: Teeth grinding is caused by involuntary contraction of the jaw (masseter) muscle during sleep. This in turn is usually caused by stress or chronic habits (like chewing on pencils). Since the individual is asleep, s/he is unable to control it. The best management is to have your dentist make a mouth guard to protect the teeth and reduce the friction. Ibuprofen will help for pain. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Grinding teeth: Clenching and grinding teeth is called bruxism. It is often done during sleep. The effects of bruxism include chronic headaches and migraines, poor sleep, sore jaws, worn and fractured teeth. Bruxism is a habit that is often caused by stress. A common, non-invasive treatment is a nightguard, made by your dentist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Life: Everyone, even babies, grind their teeth. It's when your grinding is severe enough to cause damage and pain that you need treatment. Profesionally made nightguards/splints are a great way to reduce your grinding (bruxsm) and protect your teeth. Increased stress levels only make matters worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.
Sleep bruxism: The cause(s) of bruxism are not fully understood. Causes include stress and anxiety, sleep disorder, misalignment of teeth, aggressive or hyperactive personality. Give that baby teeth were ground down, i would recommend you see a pediatric dentist to evaluate the integrity of your 8 yr olds permanent teeth and strategies to keep your childs adult teeth intact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Loose teeth: If the teeth are loose because of the trauma of grinding on them in your sleep, a night guard can alleviate the problem. If, however, the teeth are loose because of the loss of bone due to periodontal disease, or an abscess, the night guard cannot solve those problems. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Grinding teeth: You need to wear a nightguard that can be made by a dentist and also be evaluated for any other problems that could be causing this. Women tend to grind their teeth more at night and this poses a problem because it could cause tooth fracture or tooth loss. See your dentist as soon as possible. ...Read more
My son is 6 he suffers from fatigue, pain, Myoclonic jerks, sleep fragmentation, clumsiness, weakness, geographic tongue, grinding teeth sleeping etc?
Pediatric Neurologis: If possible I would recommend that you see a Pediatric Neurologist that can fully evaluate your son and develop a treatment plan. If this is not possible outside of the States, it may be appropriate for you to come to a Childrens medical center here for a thorough evalution. A diagnosis is a first step, a comprehensive care plan would be the ultimatley goal however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do I snap my teeth together while sleeping? I frequently clench my jaw subconsciously while awake and while sleeping. (every day) thanks!
Sleep bruxism: Bruxism during sleep may be part of a sleep disorder. Many people do this a dare to aware of it. It can also be related to stress, a bad bite and during the daytime, habit. Talk to your dentist about this. If you are tired all of the time talk to primary care about sleep disorder, like apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 7yrs daughter keep chewy and grinding her teeth together while sleeping. Is this something to worry about?
Grinding: Normally this is not unusual for a young person to grind their teeth. They are loosing many primary (baby) teeth and as the permanent teeth erupt into the mouth the bite is constantly changing. The grinding is an attempt to even out the bite. To be sure this is the case, see your family dentist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Grinding teeth: Children many times will begin to grind their teeth as their eruption patterns change. They have many primary/baby teeth that are becoming loose and coming out and new permanent teeth erupting and their bite or occlusion changes all the time. They tend to grind during this ever changing occlusion. ...Read more
If the pediatrician : says his health, growth & development are normal, set a consistent bedtime & routine: bathe, brush his teeth, read, cuddle, then put him in his own bed in his own room, drowsy but awake, to learn to self-calm for sleep without liquids or a pacifier. Consistently & completely ignore night-crying while it first intensifies before it stops. See the American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChild app. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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