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Tooth grinding in chlidlren

Children often grind their teeth when they are losing baby teeth and gaining adult teeth. This condition of grinding their teeth, usually at night, often occurs between the ages of 4-10.  Tooth grinding during this time is common and usually not a major concern.  Most night time pedo bruxing does "go away," usually right after the first perm molar erupts.

As  dentition changes and if  grinding continues than this issue can be re-evaluated after exfoliation or loss of baby teeth has occurred .

However some kids don't grind their teeth because of a tooth problem but rather a difficulty in breathing well through their nose.  If they can't breath well, they will slide their jaw side to side in an attempt to open his airway and their teeth can get in the way of that.  You may want to have your dentist check to see:

bulletif your child's tonsils touch in the back of their throat
bulletfor presence of dark circles under the eyes from not sleeping deeply due to the increased activity trying to breath
bulletany lip incompetence
bulletmouth breathing
bullethigh palatal vault
bulletany allergies,
bulletrecurrent ear infections.

  Your dentist may refer you to an ENT or DMD who specializes in the effects a compromised airway.  Often having tonsil and adenoids removed will correct this condition.

For more on Bruxism see: Bruxism Index

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