Teeth Grinding in Children

Many children grind their teeth with a loud, grating sound while asleep.

Tooth grinding (or bruxism) is very common, particularly in toddlers and preschoolers. In most children, it goes away by 6 years, but some continue to grind their teeth into adolescence and even adulthood.
Tooth grinding doesn’t mean that your child is having a nightmare or reliving a frustrating event from the daytime. Some causes of tooth grinding include pain (for instance, from an ear infection or teething) and improper alignment of the teeth.

Although stress and anxiety can also increase tooth grinding, there is no connection between tooth grinding and problems of behavior or personality. Since it usually goes away before the permanent teeth are in, in most cases it is unlikely to damage the teeth; however, if you have any concerns, check with your child’s dentist and mention it at each regular dental check-ups.

Source: Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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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.

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