Teeth Grinding in Children: What Parents Should Know and Do
Most parents would like to hear their children breathing easily while sleeping. Yet there are still some who hear their children grinding or gnashing their teeth, which is common for kids. 38% of children experience bruxism or grind their teeth and clench their jaws while asleep.
One of the reasons of bruxism or teeth grinding in children is stress.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism or teeth grinding often happens when the child is already in a deep sleep or when he is under stress, especially if your child is worrying about a test in school or changes in his school routine. Arguing with parents or siblings can also bring stress to your child.
In some cases, a child grinds his teeth when the top and the bottom teeth are not aligned properly. When left undiagnosed and untreated, the condition can cause earache, headache, facial pain, jaw problems, and cracked tooth.
If you believe your child has bruxism, schedule a dental check-up with a dentist specialized in sleep disorder to take special diagnosis. Read the articles here to learn more about teeth grinding in children.