Bruxism, also called teeth grinding, is a chronic pediatric dental condition. A significant percentage of children suffer from bruxism in childhood. They are most often not aware that they are grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw during sleep. If this condition continues and worsens over some time, it is recommended to have them evaluated. At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we provide custom-made nightguards for children to protect their teeth.
What Makes a Child Grind Teeth at Night?
Several reasons may be behind a child's teeth grinding, such as:
- Misaligned or overcrowded teeth lead to interference between upper and lower teeth and lead to bruxism.
- Stressful situations in life may trigger anxiety, which leads to bruxism.
- Feelings of fear, anger, or another negative emotion.
What Are the Symptoms of Pediatric Bruxism?
There are various symptoms of nighttime grinding bruxism, and some of the more apparent signs include:
- Tenderness in the jaw
- Tightness in the jaw muscles
- Headache and earache
- Visibly worn teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Irritation in the mouth
- Misaligned teeth
What Are Nightguards?
The night guards are small transparent plastic appliances fabricated from superior quality material with advanced technology and are designed to fit securely around a child's teeth. They help prevent problems caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching to get better sleep and have less pain in the morning.
How Do Nightguards Help With Teeth Grinding?
A nightguard is a preventive device secured firmly between the upper and lower jaw, preventing the teeth from grinding against each other. Some nightguards are available at the drugstore, but they are ill-fitting and often fall out. Dr. Roshan Roshannejad can make a custom-made nightguard so it fits securely and comfortably. This will make sure your child's jaw is correctly aligned with the nightguard so it doesn't push onto their gums.
Custom-fitted nightguards are created based on a child's specific grinding pattern and are shaped to be most effective. Impressions are captured of upper and lower teeth, and the final night guard is created at a dental laboratory.
If you are interested in learning more about night guards treatments, call Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry New Caney, TX 77357 at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roshan Roshannejad.