Have you ever awoken to the cringing sound of your child grinding their teeth? Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can occur in children due to various factors. Your Rochester, MN, dentist discusses the various causes and when intervention may be necessary.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding isn’t always something to be concerned about. Sometimes it can be a normal part of a child’s development. This is particularly true when their baby teeth are erupting or when their permanent teeth are growing in. This is often temporary and tends to resolve on its own. A more serious issue occurs when children grind their teeth as a response to stress, anxiety, or emotional challenges. Crowded teeth or an improper bite alignment can also cause bruxism. Certain medical conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and certain medications can also cause the child to clench or grind the teeth. Furthermore, sleep disorders like sleep apnea or other airway constrictions can also create this condition.
Treatment for Grinding
If you suspect that your child is grinding their teeth, it is recommended to consult with a dentist or a healthcare professional who can evaluate their oral health and determine the underlying cause. At your child’s regular dental check-ups, we can monitor the condition and provide proper guidance and referrals. We can also place fluoride after dental cleanings to make weakened enamel stronger. Certain appliances or orthodontic intervention may be beneficial to protect the teeth and jaw while your child is growing. We can create a custom mouth guard to protect from sensitivity and wear. Stress-management techniques may help your child if anxiety is the cause. If a sleep disorder is identified a sleep specialist can provide a plan to help your child. If you hear your child grinding or notice that their teeth look shorter, you may need to look deeper into the causes and consult a professional to keep your child’s health optimized.
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At your child’s dental visits, we closely monitor for signs of wear, airway issues, bite problems, and other dental wellness issues. We will provide a personalized plan to closely monitor your child’s oral health. If you want to address problems with teeth grinding, or if you have any other smile concerns, please call our dentist’s office in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.