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Do Children Clench Their Jaws?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Fariba Mutschler
Woman dental assistant showing young boy patient an x-ray at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORGrinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaws, also known as bruxism, is common in many children. The children are unaware of this experience as it happens during their sleep. The experience can wear out your children's teeth and loosen or break their biting edges. This issue can lead to jaw problems, facial pains, headaches, and earaches. You should talk to a dentist when you notice that your child is clenching their jaws. The dentist can recommend the best treatment option for your kid and protect their teeth from severe damage.

What Causes Clenching In Children?

No one knows the exact causes of the jaw-clenching issue in children, but it has links with several conditions. Stress and anxiety are the first causes of bruxism in children. Your child might experience anxiety when you change their routine. They can also grind their teeth when angry or fearing something. Some medications, such as one for cerebral palsy, have an association with this problem. Children with misaligned teeth will also experience bruxism. Other issues linked to it include teething pain, earaches, and hyperactivity.

Is Jaw Clenching A Lifetime Condition?

When you discover your kid has a jaw-clenching problem, you start wondering how to fix it. Parents may fear that it will affect their children throughout their lifespan. While bruxism is not a lifetime condition, as many kids outgrow it after losing their milk teeth, it can lead to lifetime dental issues. Children with this condition will likely experience high sensitivity to cold and hot drinks and foods.

Can You Prevent Jaw Grinding In Children?

Most cases of bruxism are natural reactions and part of the children's growth and development. You cannot prevent it. While this is the case, bruxism due to stress is preventable. You can help your kid avoid jaw clenching by assisting them to have a relaxed night.

If your kid has challenges dealing with bruxism, consider visiting a pediatric dentist. Reach out to one of our professionals today for help on the effective way to manage your kid's condition.
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