Julie M. Russo D.M.D.

Diplomate of the American
Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Grinding

Most children do grind their teeth and there is no cause for concern. The majority of cases of pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment.

Parents are often concerned about nighttime grinding of their child's teeth (bruxism). Most children do grind their teeth and there is no cause for concern. The majority of cases of pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment. If excessive wear of the teeth (attrition) is present, then a mouth guard (night guard) may be indicated. This is rarely suggested as children's teeth are in transition and the night guard will not "fit" for long. Dr. Russo will evaluate your child and if there is any cause for concern, she will inform you.

The good news is most children outgrow bruxism. The grinding gets lessens between the ages 6-9 and children tend to stop grinding between ages 9-12.