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My 3yr old son grinds his teeth when he sleeps, how can I get him to stop?

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Dr. David May
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ENT

Take him to an ENT and have his airway checked.
Grinding helps open a blocked airway.

In brief: ENT

Take him to an ENT and have his airway checked.
Grinding helps open a blocked airway.
Dr. David May
Dr. David May
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Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Check tonsils

Some people, big or small, will grind no matter what and sometimes that is genetic.
Others grind because of a condition in the mouth, like a high cusp, or just bad habit. Many people, including kids, grind because their mouths are too small for their tongues, so that nighttime breathing is a problem. Have your pediatrician check tonsils and adenoids which may be enlarged from infection or allergy.

In brief: Check tonsils

Some people, big or small, will grind no matter what and sometimes that is genetic.
Others grind because of a condition in the mouth, like a high cusp, or just bad habit. Many people, including kids, grind because their mouths are too small for their tongues, so that nighttime breathing is a problem. Have your pediatrician check tonsils and adenoids which may be enlarged from infection or allergy.
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dr. Heidi Nelson
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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: May not

You may not be able to get him to stop.
Depends on the cause. Here's a useful link for more information http://kidshealth.Org/parent/general/teeth/bruxism.Html. You should also take your child to the dentist.

In brief: May not

You may not be able to get him to stop.
Depends on the cause. Here's a useful link for more information http://kidshealth.Org/parent/general/teeth/bruxism.Html. You should also take your child to the dentist.
Dr. Swati Avashia
Dr. Swati Avashia
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