10 Signs Your Child has Teeth Grinding During Sleep

10 Signs Your Child has Teeth Grinding During Sleep
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10 Signs Your Child has Teeth Grinding During Sleep

Unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth during sleep is also known by its medical name bruxism. While there have been many studies conducted to understand the causes of bruxism, still scientists have not been able to correctly identify the reason behind this grinding of teeth, especially in children.

Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some children, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, hair loss, and other problems. You should be aware of your child having bruxism before there is a chance of developing complications.

It’s important to know how and where to look for signs and symptoms and to seek regular dental and pediatrician care. The modern dental industry provides very practical solutions for preventing permanent damages that can occur from bruxism in childhood. A mouth guard for teeth grinding is an essential tool for preventing any further complication that can be caused by this prevalent condition.

Grinding during sleeping might not seem harmful, but it can lead to irreversible damage to your child’s teeth. There are some vital signs to watch out for that could tell if your child is grinding their teeth.

Jaw Pain

Children that have a night grinding problem often complain of a sore jaw or angry face after waking up in the morning. This is a powerful indicator that they have been grinding in their sleep. It can also be manifested as tooth pain, facial pain and swelling in the jaw.

If you suspect that your child has such a problem and it’s too young to tell if it feels any pain you should try touching its face and jaw. Moreover, children with jaw pain would often resist touching their faces or brushing their teeth.

Headache and Earache

Headaches can be a sign of several different illnesses in children. However, if they happen regularly along with any of these other symptoms the cause is probably teeth grinding. Muscle tension that occurs in the jaw when grinding may cause severe headache and sometimes pain in the ears.

Grinding Noises in their Sleep

Loud crunching sound during sleep is a common sign of bruxism. Children aren’t aware that they have been clenching their jaw in their sleep, but if you suspect bruxism, you can sure listen for those noises when your child is asleep. Grinding sounds are often loud, and you sure will notice if they occur during nap time or before waking up in the morning.

Worn Teeth

If you notice that your child has chipped teeth without having any previous injury, it is undoubtedly a sign of teeth grinding. Flat edges or a worn surface on teeth crowns are damages caused by bruxism. To minimize further ware of the teeth make sure that your child is using a very soft toothbrush.

Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth that are damaged due to bruxism are usually susceptible. Moreover, it’s a tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pain not associated with any other dental issue. Use a sensitive toothpaste suitable for children to help reduce this discomfort.

Damage on the Inside of the Cheeks

Teeth grinding can cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth leaving small wounds on the inside of the chicks. This is produced due to unconscious chewing of the tissue with the teeth while clenching and can cause mild bleeding.

Sleep Disruption

If a child is having trouble sleeping or is frequently waking throughout the night, it may be having a problem with tooth grinding. Be aware of other signs and try to listen for noises when your child is sleeping. Persistent grinding that doesn’t seem to subside over time will deprive your child of good night sleep.

 Awake Bruxism

It is considered that children that suffer from sleep bruxism may also unconsciously clench their teeth when they are awake. It is a mild clenching, and it can be hard to notice. However, keep an eye on your child while doing homework, reading or watching TV.

The Teeth Dream

If a child suffers from sleeping bruxism may often be dreaming of pulling their own teeth, teeth falling off or having tooth pain. Children will probably consider this as a nightmare and will surely tell you about it especially if it happens several nights in a row.

Other Sleep Disorders

Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related disorder. When teeth are grinding occurs often other sleep disorders are linked to it. Your child may be drooling or talking in the sleep and pauses in breathing may appear. Therefore be aware of the link between sleep disorders. Those children that have personality disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or aggressiveness have an increased likelihood of being affected by this condition.

by Sam Hoffman

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