Bruxism is a condition in which a patient clenches his jaw and grinds his teeth. Even though most children who develop bruxism outgrow it, the constant teeth grinding may cause them to experience serious discomfort in their facial muscles and jawbones. By taking a child to a pediatric dentist at the first signs of bruxism, parents may be able to help him alleviate these painful symptoms:
The most common reason children begin to grind their teeth is stress. Sometimes, a change in the family dynamic, such as the arrival of a new sibling, can trigger this reaction. Other children develop bruxism as a coping mechanism if they are worried about school tests or new teachers and some children grind their teeth while they are sleeping.
Because teeth grinding can be a natural, inherent reaction to stressful situations, many children don’t notice when they are doing it. Instead, they may begin to complain when the constant grinding leads to headaches, earaches, and jaw pain. If children begin to complain about these kinds of symptoms, it is important for parents to take them to their pediatric dentists, who can determine if they have bruxism.
A pediatric dentist can help a child who is suffering from bruxism by developing custom-made mouth guards for him to wear at night. Mouth guards help protect children from the damaging effects of teeth grinding. Parents can also help in the treatment process by talking to children about what is causing their stresses and helping them relax.
Best Kids Dentist is dedicated to providing children with quality dental care in a comfortable environment. Visit us online or give our office a call today at (718) 491-5300 to schedule an appointment for your child. Our staff will make sure that he is comfortable during his dental treatment.