Teeth Grinding and Your Child

Although a lot of adults complain of teeth grinding, children also grind their teeth – to the tune of 15-33 percent. Although most adults grind due to stress, there are two common reasons kids grind their teeth, which include when their baby teeth are emerging, as well as when their adult teeth are coming in.

Other Reasons Why Children Grind Their Teeth

In addition to teeth erupting, there are other reasons children tend to grind their teeth, which they often only do during sleeping hours. These reasons include:

  • misaligned teeth
  • illness
  • nutritional concerns
  • pinworm
  • allergies
  • anxiety

The Concerns of Children Grinding Their Teeth

Grinding of the baby teeth seldom is a concern, unless the teeth grow weak and leads to a painful crack or break in the tooth.

However, grinding adult teeth can lead to headaches and cause permanent damage, as well as jaw pain known as TMJ.

Ways to Resolve Your Childs’ Teeth Grinding

If your child’s teeth are beginning to become increasingly sensitive, visit your dentist so they can asses whether your child may need a nighttime retainer to keep their teeth from becoming damaged due to grinding.

As well, ensure you talk to your child to find out if they are perhaps stressed about something at school, or other life matters that they may not even realize are affecting them.

Also, ensure your child is drinking plenty of water, as dehydration can also lead to teeth grinding.

At DentistsRUs, we provide families with dental offices across the Lower Mainland, making it easier to care for your oral health at a time and place most convenient to you. If you or your child suffers from teeth grinding – allow us to help at any location that best serves you below!

Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC
Coquitlam Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC
Port Coquitlam Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster, BC

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