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I have a 7 yr old grand daughter who grinds her teeth really bad in her sleep. What can I do to prevent this? Do I need to take her to a dentist?

First, grinding in children is very common. I'd say about 40-60% of my patients grind their teeth. (all of these patients are younger than 8) I tell the parents not to worry about the problem until their children get more permanent teeth in and if the grinding continues, we will make a night guard or splint for their children to wear.

Grinding is a habit and is usually stopped by the time they are 8 years of age. If it does not stop, the option is a night guard or splint. Also, it would be a good idea to have your child's teeth checked by your pediatric dentist to make sure that the grinding is not too severe.

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