Teeth grinding, or bruxism, refers to excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw. It is common in children. The first indication is the noise created by your child grinding on his or her teeth during sleep. Or you may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) to your child’s dentition.
Although teeth grinding often results from stress in adults, the same is not always true for children. If your son or daughter’s teeth grinding is not from stress, other possible causes include irritation in the mouth, inner ear pressure, allergies, or misaligned teeth.
The good news is that, because your little one’s teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly, teeth grinding is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment. Most kids outgrow it by adolescence. However, if excessive wearing of the teeth is present, our office may recommend wearing a nightguard.
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding, ask us about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions.