Teeth grinding affects people of all ages. It is especially common in young children when they sleep. Parents often come to our office with concerns about grinding, saying they can even hear their children grind from the other room at night!
These parents are not alone in their concerns. Even Dr. Francois’ son grinds loudly!
In fact, The National Sleep Foundation reports between 14-20% of children under age eleven grind their teeth at night.
Concerned about your child’s teeth? You can help your child with their teeth grinding habits by learning about the different causes, signs, and solutions.
Here are some helpful insights from the Pediatric Smiles team to get you started!
What is Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)?
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism).
It’s common in younger children and often goes away as they get older. But some children may continue to grind their teeth into adolescence and adulthood.
How Can I Prevent My Child from Grinding Their Teeth at Night?
If you suspect your child is grinding their teeth, there are a few things you can do.
First, establish a good bed time routine. Before bed time:
- Ensure your child brushes their teeth
- Avoid giving your child any drinks with caffeine
- Avoid any screen time
- Play soothing music or read a book together
And second, establish a dental home with your pediatric dentist.
Paired with frequent checkups, your pediatric dentist will proactively monitor your child’s teeth development and notify you of any changes, so you can make informed decisions along the way.
Schedule an Appointment at Pediatric Smiles Dentistry
Finding a dental home from an early age helps build a history with your pediatric dentistry family at Pediatric Smiles Dentistry in Liberty. Our dedicated team is passionate about oral hygiene education and preventative child-focus dental care, which is why we partner with families to ensure happy smiles for life.
If you are concerned if your child is experiencing bruxism or have any questions about their dental health,
get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting your family!