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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Why my child grinding teeth while sleeping?

One night, I suddenly woke up middle of the night hearing a strange noise. I looked around and noticed that it’s coming from my child who is in deep sleep. To my surprise, he is grinding his teeth awfully making the strange sound. I was worried, next day I have surfed through the internet to find the reason for the grinding teeth while sleeping and how to prevent it. I have discussed with my friends in medical profession to find the cause. I decided to write a post with my findings on teeth grinding and how we can help the child to overcome it.

In medical terminology the teeth grinding is called ‘Bruxism’. This word may sound new to us, but most of us aware of the behaviour among children and adults. It is common for the upper and lower jaws come together when we chew our food. But if this happens unnaturally without our control, it is Bruxism. This occurs among children and adults when they sleep. Mostly, children outgrow this habit over a period of time. But, it is highly advisable to have close parental observation and dentist visit to help them to overcome Bruxism. It should be taken up with medical professional at appropriate time as the prolonged teeth grinding may impact the tooth structure and it will have below effects.
  • Jaw pain
  • Broken Teeth
  • Jaw disorder
  • Frequent headache
  • Weak gums
  • Enamel damage
There are many causes child develops teeth grinding habit while sleeping, it could be physical and mental reasons. Dentist visit helps to find out the primary cause for Bruxism and prevention plan, listed below the major causes of teeth grinding and possible solution.

Improper jaw alignment – This has to be examined by experienced dentist who specializes in jaw alignment. The dentist can suggest jaw exercise to strengthen the jaws or advice appropriate treatment if it can’t be treated by simple exercise.

Stress and Anxiety – Parents plays a major role to overcome child’s stress and anxiety. They have to maintain close relationship with their child and spend quality time with them every day. This helps the child to open up their concern with their parents for help. Parents can approach professional child counseling for guidance.

Ear pain – This need to be examined by a ENT specialist to find out if there are any abnormalities on the ear and advice for appropriate treatment.

Hyper activeness – There are children born with hyper activeness and it goes as normal when they grow up. But if there are any abnormalities and difficult to handle, parents has to consult the professional for advice and counseling to overcome the hyper activity. Parents play a major role here to help their child to control their behavior and become normal.

Breathing via mouth – There could be various reasons for breathing via mouth among children, early detection and consultation with ENT specialist helps. If this is not been treated at appropriate time, it will affect the tooth structure and spoil the aesthetic look of the child.

Nutrient deficiency – It is obvious, parents should feed their children with all nutritious foods. It is must to add calcium rich foods in their daily diet.

After identifying the precise cause for the Bruxism by close parental observation and medical professional help, we need to work on the solution to address the issue for prevention. The solution may not be a single approach, could be multi-fold for a defined period of time. Parents should exercise patience while helping their child during this period by ensuring the follow-up with dentist with prescribed schedule and implement his advice as it is.

There are custom night guard available in the market to safe guard the teeth from the grinding habit while sleeping. It is like a mouth guard to be worn before going to bed, it gives little discomfort but it is one of the best solutions to save the teeth from Bruxism.
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  1. Hello, great post and info. My hubby had to wear a night guard to bed. The keep from grinding his teeth. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. night guards, a great invention!! many thanks, this has some great information!!

  3. I have read that quite a few people do at some time grind their teeth.
    Interesting to read your article and if ever there are any problems it would certainly be best to discuss things further with your dentist.

    All the best Jan

  4. That must have been quite a worry for you WW, it sounds like you did all the right things to find the best treatment, has the problem been resolved?

  5. Thanks for the info, it is a common problem even in older people.

  6. My mom used to grind her teeth really bad! She ended up getting dentures.

  7. Very informative. Apparently, this is quite common.

    Have a lovely Tuesday!


  8. Interesting information. My oldest grandson used to do this, but he seems to have outgrown it. I use a night guard to prevent grinding because I damaged two teeth doing it.

  9. Never thought about why someone would be doing that....sounds like you found a lot of info on it, now like you said, time to find something that will help your child.

  10. Great information. Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. Very informative. I have bruxism and wear a mouth guard. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hello, hope you are having a good week! I also suffer from grinding my teeth and have a night guard that I don't wear as often as I should. Mostly, I find it is from stress. This post reminds me to get the guard out and wear it again! x Karen

  13. I have a little bit of TMJ, so this post was interesting to me. So much knowledge on the subject of teeth grinding. Yes, I've heard some people having this at night.
    Thank you for the informative post.


  14. Interesting! My kids didn't do this but I've known of kids who did. Nice to know it can be dealt with.

  15. My sister does that too. Thanks for this info.

  16. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a beautiful autumn season!