Clenching and grinding most often occurs during the night and are also known as Bruxism. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders in America. Most people are not aware that they, or their child, grind their teeth until our Highlands Ranch Dentists notice signs of tooth wear, fractured tooth structure or filling material, or damage to their jaw joint commonly referred to as the TMJ.
Is Bruxing Common In Children?
It is estimated that 80-90% of children grind their teeth at night. Girls tend to brux more than boys.
What Causes My Child To Grind Her Teeth?
Although the exact reason for bruxism is unclear, possible reasons for grinding include genetics, stress, allergies, ear infections, common colds, and growth spurts.
What Should I Do If My Child Bruxes His Teeth?
In general, most children grow out of bruxing around ten years of age without causing any permanent damage to their permanent teeth. If your child has baby teeth only, we usually recommend monitoring. Primary (baby) teeth will eventually fall out as they grow, and permanent teeth come in.
What About A Night Guard Like I Have?
You may have read in one of our previous blogs that we recommend custom-made nightguards for clenching and grinding. However, we do not recommend night guards for patients under the age of 14 because of the possibility of the night guard coming loose and the potential choking risk associated. There is also the consideration of costs as replacements will be required as the child grows and permanent teeth shift and come into place. As your child grows and becomes of appropriate age, if bruxism is still an issue, we may recommend a custom-made occlusal/night guard to wear.
Our Highlands Ranch Dental Team is happy to answer any questions you have about bruxism. Contact the team at Cottonwood Dental Group today. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Parsons to discuss any concerns you may have.
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