Solving Bruxism: Preventing Teeth Grinding in Children

Learn what bruxism is and what to do about it!

It’s hard to underestimate the importance of sleep, especially for children. Sleep promotes growth, helps your children fight germs, and boosts their ability to learn. Every parent knows that sleep is critical for their children’s emotional and developmental well-being.

That’s why it can be so concerning to discover that your child has developed bruxism, or teeth grinding while they sleep. Teeth grinding in children is common, 2 out of 10 children will grind their teeth at some point in their childhood. Not only does this disrupt their rest but it can also harm their teeth!

The Problem with Teeth Grinding in Children

Teeth-Grinding-In-ChildrenThough most outgrow it, the concerns about teeth grinding are still very real.  Some cases of bruxism go undetected with no ill effects, others cause headaches or earaches.

Most worrisome however is the case in which a child’s teeth grinding wears down tooth enamel, chips teeth, increases temperature sensitivity, or causes severe facial pain and jaw problems.

Diagnosing and Treating Teeth Grinding

The best way to avoid some of the worst symptoms of teeth grinding is to learn how to detect, diagnose, and treat bruxism.  Common signs of teeth grinding in children are grinding noises when your child is sleeping, complaints of a sore jaw or face after waking up in the morning, and pain with chewing.

If you are concerned that your child is grinding his or her teeth while sleeping it is important to visit the dentist. The dentist will be able to examine the teeth for chipped enamel and unusual wear and tear and spray air and water on the teeth to check for unusual sensitivity. The dentist will also be able to find out the possible cause for the teeth grinding; whether from stress or misaligned teeth.

From there the dentist can develop a treatment plan that will help treat bruxism. In many cases, the dentist will prescribe a special night guard that is molded to the child’s teeth. Similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes this night guard will help prevent grinding so the child’s face and jaw are not sore and to prevent damage to the teeth.

If you think your child is grinding his or her teeth you should take them to the best dentist for kids.

At Sea of Smiles, we pride ourselves on offering the best pediatric dentistry in a child-friendly environment.

Both of our kid’s dentist offices in Yardley (267-392-5878) and  Bensalem (215-433-1840) can provide excellent dental care for your children.

If you’d like more information about Sea of Smiles please contact our offices today to schedule an appointment at the best pediatric dentistry!


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