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What should I do about my son grinding his teeth at night?

He is 10 and grinds his teeth every night. Sometimes more than usual. He also sometimes talks in his sleep while he does it. Should I ask his Dr.? Get him a mouth guard? Is grinding teeth a sign that he is frustrated?

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Asked by Sharell8710 at 2:41 PM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • I'd have his dentist provide him with a mouth guard that fits him

    Answer by admckenzie at 2:42 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Get his dentist to make him a dental mouth guard. OR get one at Target/Wal-Mart. There is one that isn't a boil to make type - it fits nicely, but the best ones are the ones that your dentist has made from a mold of his teeth.

    I grind my teeth at night also, stressed or not.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 2:43 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Yes, get a mouth guard - it works. Also, find out if he is on any medication or drinks excessive caffeine - both of those things made me grind my teeth.

    Answer by tasches at 2:45 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • He takes Metadate for ADHD

    Comment by Sharell8710 (original poster) at 2:49 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Get a mouth guard before he grinds all the enamel off his teeth.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 11:25 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • my dentist made a bite guard for me I'VE CHEWED THROUGH 2 OF THEM IN THE LAST 10 YEARS

    Answer by plclemo at 9:47 PM on Nov. 6, 2010

  • Take him ASAP for a tmjd evaluation and I wouldn't mess with an otc mouthguard. We ignored it when I was a child, now, 35 , have had chronic pain from tmj this past year, totally debilitating, depressed, lost my job, 4 mouthguard, day and night at $400/each. I beg you to take this very serious. Good luck!

    Answer by Staceystep at 8:03 AM on Nov. 11, 2010

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