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Grinding Teeth

Grinding Teeth

What causes a child to grind his teeth at night? I have heard that the grinding is due to worm infectation.

Doctor’s Advice:

Grinding teeth at night is sometimes the result of a child’s having worm infestation. However, nervousness, which many children experience, may be the cause. Inadequate rest, a program of activity that is not well adapted to the child’s temperament, or disturbed digestion may contribute to the symptoms. A careful study should be made to determine whether worms are present. A sample of the stool should be examined with the microscope to determine whether the eggs of worms are present. These eggs are specific in shape and form, so that a diagnosis can be made. If they are found, then a determined effort should be made to eliminate them.



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