Does Your Child Grind Their Teeth at Night? | Sun Valley Pediatric Dentistry | Mesa, Avondale, Gilbert, AZ

Teething can be an…interesting moment in parenthood. While eventually it does get better, some children still have problems with grinding their teeth at night. An estimated three in ten kids will clench their mouths while asleep, wearing down their new pearly whites to mere stubs.
bruxism in children
The good news, is that in most cases, childhood teeth grating usually subsides around ages 7-8, this is a pivotal point because the permanent molars will be in place, and there will likely be less pain. Until then that time, it is best to consult a pediatric dentist who can assess the situation and make sure nothing else is causing the problem.
Although there are speculations as to why children are so prone to bruxism (teeth grinding), it likely doesn’t stray too far from why adults sometimes have the issue as well. Stress, anxiety, anger and pain may be the culprit behind the often annoying noise of teeth smashing together. Although this can be a completely natural way of dealing with stress while asleep or even awake, constant wear from grinding can be harmful to the teeth and body.
Signs of bruxism in children:

  • flattened teeth from dentin wearing away
  • headaches
  • sore jaw
  • tooth pain
  • loud grinding noise when he or she is sleeping (not always the case for some children)

If you are concerned about their teeth grinding, perhaps even a trip to the psychologist is in order. It could be anything from nerves about a soccer game to a deep anxiety in the child. If he or she is old enough to get a dental night guard to wear to sleep, then a doctor may recommend custom creating one. The only issue with night guards is making sure they are being utilized, and creating the right fit in a constantly growing mouth. Schedule an appointment with us today to determine the best course of action!