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Why Do Toddlers Grind Their Teeth?

Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Why Do Toddlers Grind Their Teeth?Does your little one move their mouth continuously while sleeping? Do clacking sounds accompany this movement? These are all signs that your toddler is grinding their teeth. Though teeth grinding is a common behavior in children, Dr. J. Derek Tieken at Tieken Smiles Dentistry strongly advise parents to remain aware of this habit and take immediate action for their little one.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a widespread condition in toddlers. It occurs when they press their lower and upper jaws firmly on each other and then move their teeth against one another. Bruxism is not viewed as a disease, but you must take action if it gets worse. Bruxism usually happens in toddlers when they are under stress or when they are asleep since muscles of the jaw contract during sleep.

Causes of Teeth Grinding

According to a survey conducted by the Nemours Foundation, every 2 to 3 out of 10 children grind or clench their teeth. Dentists don't always understand the reason behind teeth grinding, but they say it mostly occurs due to anxiety and stress or improperly-aligned teeth. Some toddlers also grind their teeth to relieve pain or discomfort from teething or earaches. Grinding might also occur due to some medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy, or be a side effect of medication.

Signs to Watch Out For

In most cases, parents can find out if their toddler grinds their teeth by observing them or hearing them do it. Many times, children aren't even aware that they are grinding their teeth. Besides watching out for grinding noises during sleep, it would be best if you observed your child and notice any signs of pain while chewing and pay heed to complaints regarding a sore jaw or sore mouth after waking up in the morning.

Visit Us for a Dental Checkup!

Most toddlers outgrow bruxism, but as a concerned parent, you must visit us for regular checkups till the problem fades away. We will conduct a dental exam to see whether the cause is structural, such as teeth misalignment, or psychosomatic, such as anxiety or stress. Based on the cause, we can come up with an effective treatment plan for your child!

To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (281) 942-0444 today.
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