Southern California Biological Dentist Explains Childhood Teeth Grinding:Dr. Kim | July 20, 2011
As our children’s bodies grow and change their jaw joint and teeth grow with the same swiftness. More often than not many parents observe their children grinding their teeth while sleeping. Although it is common knowledge that grinding otherwise known as Bruxism can cause many problems with the chewing system in adults, this is typically not the case for our children. On average 3 out of 10 children will clench or grind their teeth, however most will outgrow it.
Causes of Bruxism/Clenching in Children:
There has been research on potential causes of childhood clenching and grinding, however there have been no definitive findings. Many dental professionals believe that children grind their teeth as a response to the top and bottom teeth not being aligned properly. The mis alignment from the baby and the new adult teeth coming in is said to be another cause of grinding. Stress, anger, and nervous tension also have the ability to provoke grinding and clenching. In addition, children that are hyperactive also experience clenching and grinding.
Effects of Bruxism/Clenching in Children:
Most often children outgrow this condition without causing damage to their teeth. Some children however experience headaches and earaches as a result of their bruxism. In some instances, bruxism can cause excessive tooth wear, chipped teeth, and TMJ problems.
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