Help! My child is grinding their teeth!

Just like adults, children too suffer from grinding their teeth and jaw clenching - the difference is many children soon outgrow these common causes.

There are a number of reasons children may develop bruxism, in some cases, children may grind because the top and bottom teeth aren't aligned properly. Others may do it in response to pain, either an earache or teething. Some children may even be grinding their teeth as a way to ease the pain, just as they would rub a sore muscle. 

Studies have also shown that children who are hyperactive often show signs of bruxism, along with children with other medical conditions or who take certain medicines.

Many cases of bruxism in children go undetected with no obvious effects however, there are also reports of headaches and earaches as a result of constant grinding. The more severe cases of nighttime grinding and clenching can wear down tooth enamel, chip teeth, increase temperature sensitivity, and cause severe facial pain and jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ). 

Diagnosing bruxism in children is as challenging as it is in adults, as they too are not even aware they’re doing it so it is often parents and siblings who identify the problem. Although most children do outgrow this habit, prevention is the cure! 

Our grind guard - kids (boil and bite) is designed to help protect your child's teeth whatever that reason may be and for those childrens teeth that can outgrow these habits but still need protection