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Childhood Bruxism: What Every Parent Needs to Know

“Bruxism” is the medical term for teeth grinding, which often happens at night. It is a subconscious habit that both kids and adults can suffer from. Here’s what you as a parent need to know about bruxism habits observed in your children:

Bruxism Is a Common Childhood Problem

As many as 3 out of every 10 kids will go through a bruxism phase. If your child grinds his or her teeth, rest assured that this is not an unusual problem. Let your child’s dentist know about the habit so that they can monitor their teeth for signs of trouble.

Bruxism Can Have Many Unknown Causes

No one really knows exactly why kids grind their teeth, but they don’t do it on purpose; it usually happens in their sleep. The habit may be caused by different factors such as:

  • Earache
  • Growing pains
  • Stress
  • Tooth development

Try to communicate with your child to find out if there is some stressful anxiety or conflict that could be behind their teeth grinding habit.

Most Kids Grow Out of Bruxism

Most kids only brux temporarily and the habit stops on its own before it can cause too much damage. You should still seek professional help from a dentist to monitor and treat the problem. This will mitigate any negative effects for as long as the problem persists.  Your dentist can fit your child with a custom dental nightguard to protect your child’s teeth from damage due to teeth grinding.

Signs Your Child Has a Serious Bruxism Problem

Many kids experience a brief bruxism phase and have no damage to show for it. Your child’s habit may require an intervention, however, if you notice any of these signs:

  • Flat teeth
  • Complaints of a sore jaw or toothaches
  • Chipped teeth

Learn more about bruxism by taking your child for regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Acworth
5552 Robin Road Suite A
Acworth, GA 30102
(678) 888-1554

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