Although teeth grinding is often the result of stress in adults, the same is not always true with children. If your child’s teeth grinding is not due to stress, other possible causes include irritation in the mouth, inner ear pressure, allergies, and misaligned teeth. The good news is that, because your child’s teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly, teeth grinding is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment, and most outgrow it by adolescence. However, if excessive wear of the teeth persists, we may recommend your child wear a nightguard. If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding, ask us about the potential causes and, if necessary, the possible solutions.
Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, flatten your smile, cause jaw pain and/or irritate your gums. If you grind your teeth, a night guard should be considered. The night guard, which is similar to, but much smaller than, a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing.
Call our Issaquah dental practice to schedule an appointment for a custom-made nightguard to solve your teeth grinding issue.