5 Year Old Grinding Teeth

Are you worried about your 5-year-old grinding teeth while asleep? If you hear weird noises while your child is sleeping, he or she may have a common condition called Bruxism.

Below you will find the causes and effects of this condition, as well as how to help your child.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a condition that happens when someone clenches the jaw or grinds his or her teeth. It usually happens when a child is under stress or in deep phases of sleep. It’s also pretty common as about 25% of kids will suffer Bruxism at some point in their lives.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

Below are some common causes of teeth grinding in 5-year-olds:

  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Response to pain (from an ear infection or even teething)
  • Stress, as well as anger or tension
  • Hyperactivity
  • Medical conditions such as cerebral palsy

Effects Of Teeth Grinding

Although uncommon, in some cases, Bruxism may wear down the tooth enamel or cause increased sensitivity of your child’s teeth. It could even cause jaw problems or severe pain in other places around the face.

How Parents Can Help

If instead of hearing a quiet breathing, you hear your 5-year-old grinding teeth while asleep, they may be suffering from Bruxism, a common condition among children younger than age 5.

Although many kids outgrow Bruxism, the best thing you can do for your child is keep a close watch over the situation. If you observe your 5-year-old is grinding teeth while sleeping, he or she complains about facial or jaw pain after waking up, or if your child feels pain when chewing, you need to take him or her to the dentist.

The dentist might prescribe a mouth guard, molded to your kid’s teeth.

Bring Your Child to Kool Smiles Today

If your 5-year-old is grinding teeth and doesn’t stop, Kool Smiles can help. Our dentists have plenty of experience working with kids and our offices are fun for your children.

Plus, we accept most insurance plans including Medicaid, SCHIP, and TRICARE. Our goal is to provide quality and affordable dental care to all children.

We have more than 120 locations nationwide. Call Kool Smiles today to make an appointment and we’ll keep your child smiling.

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Sources:

Kids Health: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/bruxism.html#

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/basics/definition/con-20029395