Grinding our teeth
Hello, could please advise me my 7 year old son is grinding his teeth. How to help him to be arrested. Thank you in advance.
“Does your child grind his teeth at night?
Bruxism or grinding of teeth is remarkably common in children and adults. For some children, this grinding of teeth occurs during the day, but night-time grinding (during sleep) is more common Bruxism can lead to a wide range of dental problems, depending on the frequency of the behavior, its intensity and the underlying causes.
A wide variety of psychological, physiological and physical factors can cause bruxism. In particular, jaw misalignment (bad bite), stress, and head trauma are all considered to contribute to bruxism, although teeth grinding can also be a side effect of some medications.
What are the symptoms of bruxism?
In general, parents can usually hear the loud squeaking – especially when it occurs at night. The grinding of teeth and subtle clenching of the jaws during the day, however, can be difficult to identify. Often, general symptoms provide clues to bruxism in children, including:
Frequent complaint of headache
Injured teeth and gums
grinding or cracking
noises Rhythmic tightening of the jaw muscles Abnormal complaints
of pain in the jaw muscles, especially in the morning
Unusual sensitivity of the teeth to hot and cold foods
How bruxism can Damage My Child’s Teeth?
Bruxism is characterized by the teeth of the upper jaw grinding against the lower jaw. The child may experience moderate or severe jaw discomfort, headache, or ear pain during episodes of vigorous squeaking. Even if the child is completely unaware of his bruxism overnight (and the parents are unable to hear it), the condition of the teeth provides the pediatric dentist with important clues.
First of all, chronic grinding usually causes excessive wear to the teeth. Tooth enamel can be worn away in specific areas if jaw misalignment is involved. Additionally, children with bruxism are at greater risk for chipped teeth, facial pain, gum injury, and dentin hypersensitivity. In extreme cases, the intense squeaking can lead to the early onset of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
What are the causes of bruxism?
Bruxism can be caused by several factors. Most often, the squeaking is caused by misalignment or improper occlusion of the jaw. Pediatric dentists also notice that children tend to grind their teeth more often in response to stressors. If the child is in a particularly stressful exam period or changes schools, for example, nocturnal bruxism can start or intensify.
Children with certain developmental disabilities and brain damage may be particularly at risk of developing bruxism. In such cases, the pediatric dentist may suggest botox injections to calm the facial muscles, or provide a mouthguard for the night. If bruxism begins suddenly, the current medication should be evaluated. Although bruxism is rarely a side effect of medication, the medication itself may need to be replaced with an equivalent.
How to treat bruxism?
Bruxism spontaneously ceases around the age of thirteen in most children. In the meantime, however, the pediatric dentist will continuously monitor its effect on the child’s teeth and can provide an intervention strategy.
Usually, the cause of the squealing will dictate the approach to treatment. If the child’s teeth are misaligned, the pediatric dentist may take steps to correct this situation. Some of the options available include: modifying the occlusal surface of the teeth with crowns and starting treatment for the bite.
The pediatric dentist may recommend relaxation classes, professional therapy, or special exercises if the bruxism appears to be exacerbated by stress. The child’s pediatrician may also provide muscle relaxants to ease jaw contraction and reduce jaw spasms.
For severe damage to young teeth, the pediatric dentist may suggest specialized overnight braces such as a mouth guard. Mouth guards prevent teeth from clenching against each other, and are similar to the mouth guard a person wears during sports. Dental splints or plates perform the same function and are almost always successful in preventing damage from squeaking.
If you have any questions or concerns about bruxism or teeth grinding, please contact your pediatric dentist “.
Hello for answering, he creaks at night when he sleeps soundly.
It’s classic, in a child of this age …
Hello again thank you you are too kind. But it’s canines are no longer sharp, a little broken