Grind, grind, grind… If your child happens to grind their teeth, you’re probably familiar with the term “bruxism”, and all the unpleasant sounds that accompany it. When it comes to pediatric dental health, “teeth grinding”, or what your pediatric dentist, defines as bruxism, is commonly found in children just as much as it is in adults. Statistically speaking, three out of ten kids naturally grind or clench their teeth in response to stress, malocclusion, losing teeth, jaw growth, or other discomforts, such as a cold, or allergies. Normally however, most children typically outgrow grinding habits by the time they reach their adolescent years.

Signs & Symptoms

Children who grind their teeth while sleeping, usually have no idea they’re doing it. Often times, they don’t experience any symptoms at all. Usually, its a parent or sibling that often observes and informs them that they’re doing it. However, some children who do wake up with headaches or jaw, shoulder, and neck pain.

When it comes to pediatric dental health, teeth grinding can cause a host of pediatric dental care complications that include: cracked teeth, receding gums or a misaligned jaw. Your pediatric dentist will tell you that teeth grinding in not something to take lightly. In fact, teeth grinding can come with some serious consequences. If left untreated teeth grinding can lead to tooth fractures or damage to the temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ.

The first step to treating your child’s “teeth grinding” habit, is noticing, and diagnosing the problem. Symptoms of teeth grinding typically include:

  • Grinding noises when your child is sleeping

  • Tooth sensitivity

  • Tightness or pain in the jaw

  • Pain when chewing

  • Chipped, worn down, or loose teeth

  • Headaches, earaches, or facial pain

If you suspect your child may be grinding their teeth, contact your child’s pediatric dentist at Champagne Family Dentistry for a pediatric dental care checkup. Proper assessment is the key. Our team will be able to help diagnose and treat any pediatric dental care problems. Please give us a call at our convenient, Sparks, NV office at (775) 359-3934.

We look forward to treating, and caring for your child!