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How To Stop Teeth Grinding

September 29, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry

If you or your child experiences sore teeth and gums after a night’s sleep, you may be involuntarily grinding your teeth. This clenching of the jaws and grinding is an unconscious habit developed at any age.

In this issue, we’ll talk more about teeth grinding, what it can lead to and what can be done about it.

Why do I grind my teeth?

Officially known as “bruxism,” some medical experts believe that grinding of the teeth can be attributed to a reaction from a host of other conditions, including:

  • Stress, anxiety, frustration or anger
  • Improper alignment of teeth and jaw
  • Nerve and muscle conditions associated with the face

It’s believed that between 15% and 33% of children grind their teeth. This is typically done when their baby teeth emerge and when their permanent teeth come in.

What can happen if I keep grinding my teeth?

You could cause serious damage to your teeth, as well has develop painful headaches and jaw disorders.

How can I help my child stop grinding his/her teeth?

There are several proactive measures you can take in helping your child to stop grinding his/her teeth, including:

  • Decreasing your child’s stress – particularly right before bedtime
  • Making sure your child is getting plenty of water
  • Having your child fitted with a mouth guard

Have Your Child Fitted for a Mouthguard by Calling ABC Children’s’ Dentistry in San Diego

Mouthguards are essential to protecting your child’s teeth. To have a custom-fitted mouthguard made for your child, get in touch with us here at ABC Children’s Dentistry in San Diego.

Call us at 858-780-9794; or reach us via email or online.