Teeth grinding, or bruxism, refers to excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw, and is common in children. The first indication is the noise created by your child grinding on teeth during sleep. Or you may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) in your child’s dentition.
Although teeth grinding is often the result of stress in adults, the same is not always true with children. If your youngster’s teeth grinding is not the result of stress, other possible causes include irritation in the mouth, inner ear pressure, allergies, and misaligned teeth.
The good news is that, because your son or daughter’s teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly, teeth grinding is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment. Most outgrow it by adolescence. However, if excessive wearing of the teeth is present, we may recommend wearing a nightguard.
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding, ask Dr. Matt about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions.