Nighttime teeth-grinding (bruxism) in children can have serious effects on your child's dental health. Three out of ten children will grind their teeth, most usually outgrow it. The medical term for teeth-grinding or the jaw-clenching bruxism, which occurs during deep sleep or while under stress. Children may grind their teeth because the upper and lower teeth do not align properly. Some may do it as a result of teething or ear pain. Nervous stress, anger and worrying about life events in a child’s life may precipitate bruxism.
Dental Effects from Nighttime Teeth-Grinding (Bruxism) in Children
Bruxism, teeth-grinding may resolve on its own. However, long term effects can result in adverse effects, like headaches or earaches. Chronic nighttime grinding and clenching can have serious effects like wearing down tooth enamel, chip teeth, increase temperature sensitivity, and cause severe facial pain and jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ).
Treatment for Nighttime Teeth-Grinding (Bruxism) in Children
Pediatric dentists may prescribe a special night mouthguard It has been shown that positive results happen fairly quickly once the child gets used to wearing it.