Should I worry if my child grinds his teeth?
Should I be worried if my child grinds his teeth? Mike Clark answers

Grinding of teeth is common, present even in well-adjusted children and not thought to be of medical significance.

If it is accompanied by...

  • Tension headaches, spasm and tightness in the neck and shoulder muscles, and pain over the jaw just in front of the ear, then stress and tension could play a role.

Look into any circumstances that could be causing anxiety at school or home, and try to create a general balance of healthy diet, exercise and “off time” hobbies.


  • Useful treatments can include a bite plate for night time, and aromatherapy and deep tissue massage of the neck and shoulder muscles. You can seek a chiropractor or physiotherapist’s opinion and treatment, or see your homeopath for a constitutional remedy specific to your child.

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