Chronic teeth grinding or bruxism is a dental condition that affects about 15% of children. Caused by things such as stress and anxiety, if left untreated bruxism can cause severe dental erosion, tooth breaks, and chips. If you have noticed that your little one grinds their teeth either when they are awake, or they are asleep, it’s important to get it taken care of right away. From teaching them ways to deal with anxiety to using a mouthguard at night, this article will discuss a few ways that you can get your kid to stop grinding their teeth. Read on to learn more.
Dealing With Stress and Anxiety
As mentioned above, one of the primary reasons children develop bruxism is due to stress and anxiety. However, if you find new ways for your child to deal with these issues, you can help them kick this tooth grinding habit to the curb once and for all. Some great alternatives are things like taking a deep breath when they start to feel stressed, going on a walk, coloring, or talking about the emotions they are feeling at the time.
If your child grinds their teeth while they are sleeping, there is only one solution to help them— wearing a mouthguard. By wearing a custom-made mouthguard, your child won’t be able to grind their teeth while they are sleeping— meaning that their teeth will stay healthy all night long. If you would like to learn more about custom-made mouth guards, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office.
Breaking a habit is hard for anyone to do— especially kids. As your child breaks away from tooth grinding, make sure that you are patient and give them the positive reassurance they need. If they grind their teeth today, they can always try again tomorrow.
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To learn more about dental habits or to schedule a dental appointment, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office at <a href=”tel:4098950089″>(409) 895-0089</a> today!