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Jan
27

What to Do if Your Child Grinds Their Teeth

Posted in Mouth Guards

Have you ever heard your child grind his or her teeth while they sleep? The sound might make you shudder. You can’t help wondering what’s happening to your child’s teeth when they grind them.

What should you do?

Why Kids Grind Their Teeth

It’s hard to know why some 30% of kids suffer from teeth grinding, or bruxism. There’s no single reason why they do it, but some possible causes include:

  • Pain from something like new teeth coming in
  • Hyperactivity
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Sleep apnea caused by large tonsils

For most kids, bruxism is just a phase. But if the habit goes on too long, it can lead to headaches, ear aches, jaw pain, and worn tooth enamel. A bruxing habit could even follow your child into adulthood where it causes more damage.

Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth?

Your child probably doesn’t know that he or she grinds their teeth. You may only find out by listening to them while they sleep. If your child complains about a sore jaw or tooth pain while awake, that may also indicate a bruxism habit.

What to Do When Your Child Grinds Their Teeth

Encourage a relaxing night-time routine to soothe stress and help your child relax before going to bed. A warm bath and reading together can help.

Next, schedule a dental visit. The dentist will check for tooth damage and look for signs of bruxing and give you advice on how to identify the root cause. Your dentist will continue to monitor the signs at checkups. If it’s not a passing phase, your child may need a special mouthguard to prevent teeth clenching and grinding during sleep.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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