How to keep children from grinding their teeth
Bruxism is a condition characterized by grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. It is prevalent in infants, as their teeth begin to appear, as well as in adolescents than in adults. This condition usually occurs while sleeping, but in some cases, children can also grind their there when awake.
CAUSES OF BRUXISM
Although the cause of teeth grinding and jaw clenching cannot be ascertained, there are a few related causes it can be associated with:
-Stress or anxiety
– Pain from teething (for infants)
– Disorderly arrangement of teeth
-Medical conditions such as epilepsy, Autism, etc.
– side effects of some medications.
HOW TO TELL IF A CHILD HAS BRUXISM
The most evident way to tell a child suffering from teeth grinding is when he/she makes a loud, chattering sound with the teeth while asleep or even awake. Also, they tend to wake up with symptoms like headache, sore jaw, and pain in the ears due to teeth grinding. Complaints of pain while chewing is also a sign to look out for.
EFFECTS OF TEETH GRINDING
Teeth grinding can result in health issues for those suffering from it:
-The teeth become more sensitive to hot or cold substances
-Wearing of the tooth enamel leading to loss of teeth
-Mental imbalance due to lack of good night’s sleep.
TREATMENT FOR TEETH GRINDING
The first thing to do if you notice the signs of teeth grinding in your child is to visit the dentist to see if the child’s teeth are being damaged. Most times, the dentist may opt for a wait-and-see strategy since most infants outgrow this condition with time. In contrast, a night guard or night splint may be advised for an older child.
Also, teeth grinding could be associated with a series of medical conditions. If so, the dentist may recommend you see a physician to ascertain the particular cause of teeth grinding exhibited by your child.
Be mindful of the psychological state of your child in order to help in relieving him/her from stress or anxiety. Endeavor to make your child’s bedtime as relaxing as possible.
Most importantly, ensure you seek medical attention.
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