What is Teeth Grinding and What Causes It In Children?
Teeth grinding in children is more common than you might realize, particularly for kids under the age of five. While this condition is usually mentioned in relation to adults, studies have shown that about 38% of children grind their teeth.
Keep reading to learn about teeth grinding and its effects on children.
What Is Teeth Grinding?
This condition most commonly occurs at two points in children’s development phase:
- When their baby teeth come in
- When their permanent teeth replace those teeth
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
While the exact causes are unknown, many doctors think teeth grinding is caused by:
- Improperly aligned teeth
- Illnesses and other medical conditions
- Psychological factors (anxiety and stress)
- Breathing problems (stuffy nose or allergies)
- Some form of pain (earache)
It has also been suggested that the child might just be adjusting to having teeth in his or her mouth.
Is it Harmful for My Child?
Usually, teeth grinding sounds worse than it actually is. It probably won’t leave any lasting damage to your child’s teeth, and it will probably be a habit that is outgrown.
However, it’s still a good idea to have your child’s dentist examine his or her teeth to make sure there hasn’t been any lasting harm done, such as worn down tooth enamel, increased sensitivity, or severe facial pain and jaw problems.
Even though most children stop grinding their teeth around six years old, that’s not necessarily the case for all children. Older children who still grind their teeth regularly are sometimes fitted with a night guard to prevent clenching and grinding during sleep.
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