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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


Why a Night Guard Is Worth the Investment

Posted in Mouth Guards

A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose.

If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more since one won’t last you forever. Those future appliances will have to be paid for out of pocket.

With so many generic one-size-fits-all mouthguards on the market, is it really worth investing in a professionally made mouth splint?

The Right Fit for Your Bite

Professional mouthguards are designed to fit unique needs like a cross-bite or crooked teeth. Generic guards may not be so comfortably accommodating.

Get Personalized Night Guard Adjustments

If you go with send-away or boil-and-bite mouthguard varieties, then you may not get much help if something doesn’t fit right.

It’s really worth the added cost to have your nightguard made by someone you can visit personally for adjustments.

Your Dental Work Is a Bigger Investment

A night guard isn’t just something you buy because all the cool kids are getting one. It’s an expensive appliance because it has a big role to play. A bruxism guard protects your teeth from biting and grinding forces and it also preserves any existing costly dental work you may have already invested in.

You’d hate to see hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of crowns, fillings, and veneers go to waste because of your bruxism habit! If you want your dental restorations to last as long as possible, then a quality night guard is worth every penny.

For help in affording a high-quality and reasonably-priced night guard, ask your dentist about a financing plan.

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


How Do I Know If I’m Grinding My Teeth Too Much?

Posted in Mouth Guards

Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of the teeth. It can happen during the daytime, or may happen when you’re sleeping. Some people never even realize that they’re doing it, unless symptoms are severe or someone notices it during the night. For instance, it can be very loud and disrupt another person’s sleep.

Some of the ways you can know if you’ve been grinding your teeth include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain throughout the jaw, head, neck, and shoulders
  • Worn, flat, or sharp-edged teeth
  • Wear of the enamel along the gumlines due to enamel chipping away

Premature wear from bruxism will decrease the life of your teeth, and present aesthetic problems. Grinding doesn’t only cause your teeth to be worn down prematurely, it can also cause damage to restorations like fillings and crowns, requiring them to be replaced much more frequently.

Your dentist may need to replace damaged restorations or repair teeth. Bonding, new fillings, or crowns may be needed. The best way to prevent the need for treatment is to resolve your grinding habit. Lessening the stress in our life isn’t always an option (and it’s a big contributor to clenching and bruxism.) Your dentist will recommend wearing a customized bite guard or bitsplint that will both prevent wear as well as reposition the jaws into a resting position. Not only will this avoid future wear, it will also decrease muscle pain and fatigue.

Ask your dentist if you’re grinding! An examination of your wear patterns, tooth surface, TMJ, and muscle tone in the jaws can easily determine if  you would benefit from bite splint therapy.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid



Three Reasons Why Nighttime Grinding is Bad for Your Smile

Posted in Mouth Guards

Chronic grinding (bruxism) can interrupt a good night’s rest for both you and your sleep partner. It’s loud, annoying, and can keep you or your loved one from getting the deep sleep that you really need. Not only that, but it can also have a big impact on the health of your smile.

Grinding can cause premature dental wear.

Although teeth are extremely strong, when they wear against one another they can wear down sooner than they should. This will result in sharp, flat teeth, and a change in your normal biting patterns. Abnormal biting patterns can affect your diet, comfort, and the long-term health of your mouth.

Existing dental restorations can be damaged or fractured.

Restorations such as fillings, bridges, or crowns are suitable for normal wear. Unfortunately, they cannot withstand excessive pressure on a daily basis, and can begin to fracture, break, or wear thin. Portions of porcelain could possibly chip off, and this cannot be patched up. Rather, the entire restoration would need to be replaced. 

Excess pressure and strain to the TMJ may occur.

Clenching and grinding your teeth produces strain and tension in the TMJ and the surrounding muscles. This can create headaches, muscle pain, and joint damage.

If you’ve been battling nighttime grinding, it’s time to talk to your dentist about getting a dental mouth guard or night guard. Night guards will prevent future wear of the teeth and reduce the pressure on your joints. They’re simple to make, and the benefits start the first night that you begin wearing your appliance. A night guard is one of the best pieces of insurance that you can get for your smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 


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