Kids and Teeth Grinding

Kid Headache SmTeeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, is a condition that’s usually associated with adults. However, kids experience bruxism, too. Studies show that up to 33% of children grind their teeth. In Mint Hill NC, children’s dentist Dr. Bevin Malley provides tips and treatments to alleviate teeth grinding in children and promote healthy, comfortable smiles.

Reasons Kids Grind Their Teeth

Typically, children who grind their teeth do so at night, so they’re not aware of their actions. Bruxism seems to appear at two distinct times in a child’s life: when baby teeth erupt and when permanent teeth emerge.

It’s thought that bruxism stems from one or more of the following:

  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Improper tooth alignment
  • Medical conditions such as allergies or deficiencies in the diet

Results of Teeth Grinding

Rarely does bruxism in kids result in lasting damage. However, the strain of clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth can cause headaches and jaw pain. It can also wear down teeth, which may cause kids to complain of tooth pain or sensitivity.

Treatments for Bruxism

Try to alleviate stressors in your child’s life and promote calming pre-bedtime activities to promote relaxation. Studies show that proper hydration may help deter bruxism, so make sure that your child drinks plenty of water. Tell Dr. Malley if you suspect that your child grinds his or her teeth. Older kids may benefit from an acrylic mouthguard worn at night to prevent dental grinding. Dr. Malley will consider your child’s age and unique requirements to determine the optimal treatment to combat bruxism.

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Carolina Kids Dentistry delivers comprehensive care for kids of all ages. Call to schedule an appointment for your child with Mint Hill pediatric dentist Dr. Malley.