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Grinding teeth a common problem in children

Jun 18, 2018

I can hear my child grinding their teeth, especially at night.  Should I be concerned?

Tooth clenching and grinding (bruxism) is actually quite common in children.  Two reasons include stress (achieving a new milestone, school, new environments) and dental malocclusion (teeth not fitting together ideally).

It is a fact that the roots of teeth sit in a sling of ligaments and nerves. When children clench or grind, there is enormous neurologic feedback to their brain.  A reflex arc sends an impulse to your mandible triggering it to bite (like when we chew food).

What a profound new sensation for a child with a developing dentition!

Though the sound of bruxism can be alarming, the amount of wear on your child's teeth can be variable.  Give us a call if you suspect bruxism in your child.

Stellar Kids Dentistry is at three locations to better serve you. Check us out at stellarkids.com or 425-381-4990.

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