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Doctor insights on: Toddler Teeth Grinding While Sleeping

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What causes teeth grinding while sleeping?

What causes 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 more

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Will using a pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

Will using a  pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

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 more

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What can cause unconscious teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism) whilst asleep?

Clenching: Stress...The body subconsciously clenches and grinds in the sleep to try and alleviate the stress. A night guard is the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Does sleeping with dental flipper on shift teeth?

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Does sleeping with dental flipper on shift teeth?

Please, take it out: No, it prevents any shifting of teeth around a gap. However, removable partials (flipper) require proper care to keep them clean. It is best to soak the flipper in water with denture cleansing tablet overnight. ...Read more

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Can night guard for teeth streighten teeth?

Can night guard for teeth streighten teeth?

Nightguards: Night guards come in many different forms, however, their purpose is to protect the teeth from the effects of grinding one's teeth. They are not designed to move the teeth. ...Read more

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What the effect of clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping?

What the effect of clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping?

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 more

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What could lead to grinding teeth while sleeping?

What could lead to grinding teeth while sleeping?

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 more

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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.

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 more

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Can wobbly teeth stop after wearing a night guard?

Can wobbly teeth stop after wearing a night guard?

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 more

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Is biting teeth together during your sleep bad for you?

Is biting teeth together during your sleep bad for you?

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

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Does smiling with clenched teeth decrease bruxism?

Does smiling with clenched teeth decrease bruxism?

No: Bruxism is a neuro-muscular habit. The causes are varied and contraversial. See your dentist and discuss options for management of this common but potentially damaging pattern. ...Read more

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What makes people grind their teeth during sleep?

What makes people grind their teeth during sleep?

Bruxism: Grinding of the teeth called brutism is a common sleep disorder called parasomnia. It is related to stress levels generally. Bite devises are typically used to limit the damage to teeth and jaw joint. ...Read more

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My son is 6 he suffers from fatigue, pain, Myoclonic jerks, sleep fragmentation, clumsiness, weakness, geographic tongue, grinding teeth sleeping etc?

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 more

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Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Possibly: Night guards and mouth guards are different non-interchangeable appliances requiring custom fabrication and proper adjustment to prevent untoward damage. Please seek care from your Dentist. This isn't a DIY project. ...Read more

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Why do I snap my teeth together while sleeping? I frequently clench my jaw subconsciously while awake and while sleeping. (every day) thanks!

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 more

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Will having teeth removed while sedated cause restless sleep?

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Will having teeth removed while sedated cause restless sleep?

Teeth: Depends on extent of procedure and level of discomfort afterwards. ...Read more

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My 7yrs daughter keep chewy and grinding her teeth together while sleeping. Is this something to worry about?

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 more

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Could children grind their teeth?

Could children grind their teeth?

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

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Is swallowing pieces of plastic from night guard for grinding teeth dangerous?

Is swallowing pieces of plastic from night guard for grinding teeth dangerous?

No: Anything tiny and non-toxic that is small enough to be ground off a guard by teeth activity, if undigestable, will pass harmless through your GI tract and be eliminated in your stool. Don't give it a second thought. ...Read more

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Toddler not sleeping at night?

Toddler not sleeping at night?

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 more

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