Posted on May 26, 2022 | Hot Topics
We all know that noise that makes you wince a little when you hear it; teeth grinding. And it’s more common in children than you might think it is.
An average of three out of ten children grind their teeth before the age of five. Most children outgrow it by time they reach the age of six and usually there is no cause for alarm. More often than not, teeth grinding occurs because of teething or improper tooth alignment.
However, in some cases, the teeth grinding can continue. If your child is older than six years and wakes up regularly with a sore jaw or is teased after a sleepover by friends or siblings who heard the grinding sounds at night, your child may have bruxism. Bruxism is the medical term for habitual grinding or clenching teeth.
What causes teeth grinding? What can you do to help your child?
There isn’t an exact answer as to why some kids grind their teeth. Stress can definitely be a contributing factor. While stress and anxiety can contribute to teeth grinding, there is no known connection between behavioral problems and teeth grinding.
If your child wakes in the morning complaining of a sore mouth or of headaches from grinding their teeth, here are some helpful tips.
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