Bruxism: What is it and how do I treat it?

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is just the technical term for teeth grinding. Coming from your child it can sound a bit disconcerting but it is common in children under the age of seven. It will typically stop after the permanent molars come through.

Why does Bruxism occur?

There are many reasons for Bruxism (teeth grinding) in children. The most common causes are pain from teething, earaches or an abnormal bite can cause children to grind their teeth in their sleep. Older children and teens can experience Bruxism due to school related stress when testing is involved.

Children who experience frustration with an inability to express it, children who are hyperactive or children with medical issues such as cerebal palsy may also experience teeth grinding.

The Downside of Bruxism

Teeth grinding can cause many problems such as wearing down the tooth enamel, chipped teeth and over sensitivity. If your has baby teeth your dentist may say there is nothig to worry about.

Older children may need a dental plan that includes tooth protection such as a dental guard, worn at night, so it doesn’t affect normal growth.

Talking to Your Pediatric Dentist

Be sure to tell your Pediatric Dentist if you or other family members notice your child clenching their teeth, Bruxism or if your child complains about having a sore jaw or face pain especially in the mornings.

Most kids outgrow teeth grinding but until they do it is best to keep an eye on them and have a plan in place to prevent damage and keep the situation in check!

We Look Forward To Welcoming You And Your Child…

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.

We are open Monday through Saturday and offer appointments as early as 7:30am

The first checkup is recommended at the first birthday. Our patients generally stay with us until they graduate high school. We are proud to say we are now seeing the children of former patients, as the practice was established in 1973 by Dr. Robert Harmon.

We have 24 hour coverage for our patient’s dental emergencies. There is a pediatric dentist on call at all times. Should you need after hours advice or emergency care, simply dial our telephone number and our message will direct you.

Are we accepting new patients? Yes, absolutely! We are happy to welcome new patients to our practice and we appreciate your referring your friends and family to us.



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