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How Harmful is Kids' Teeth Grinding? -- May 11, 2015
It's that screeching, gritting sound that's almost as unnerving as fingernails on a chalkboard.
Children's teeth grinding, or "bruxism," may stress out parents of young children, but most dentists agree there's no real harm in it -- that it's actually normal for kids under 11. According to Optima Dental Group's Pediatric Dentist Dr. James Burchett there's no cause to be alarmed, "Children are just loosening up their baby teeth to make way for their adult teeth."
No one has been able to pin down the exact cause of bruxism, but most experts agree stress and anxiety contribute to it. Children who snore and/or breathe through their mouths are also likely to grind their teeth. Many healthcare professionals only get concerned when the grinding causes excessive tooth wear, pain or difficulty sleeping.
So while the gritty, grinding sound may be troubling, in most cases it isn't causing any long-term tooth damage and children will outgrow it.
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