grinding habit should be spotted early to prevent damage to the teeth and gums of the kid. Find
out more about the habit of grinding
teeth right here.
Teeth grinding is referred to as bruxism in clinical terms. It is a
common incidence in kids as well as in adults. There have been numerous studies
in determining the exact cause behind this condition. But there has been no
scientific evidence so far that could be linked to a certain cause or factor
with bruxism. Rather, there are wide arrays of factors that complement each
other in resulting in this condition. And this condition is found to increase
during the night.
Apart from being a behavioural problem, this condition of bruxsim can
cause serious damage to the teeth and gums of the kid. So once you notice
symptoms of grinding teeth in your kid, it is advisable to consult a physician
immediately so that you help the child come out of this habit and protect his
teeth from further decay in the future apart from warding off a lifelong
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding Habit
You can spot whether the kid is developing this habit of grinding teeth,
if notice any of the following symptoms:
- There is a
grinding noise when the child is asleep.
- The edges of
the teeth appear flattened, chipped off or worn out.
- There are signs
of indentations on his tongue.
- Even if the
child does not make a noise at night, that is, he might be grinding his
teeth while awake and you have failed to notice the same. Check if the
child complains of tight jaw muscles or simply complains of pain in his
jaws, gums, teeth or simply in his cheeks.
- If there is
frequent pain in the ears.
- If the child
has too sensitive teeth, that is, he reacts sharply and shows discomfort
to warm or cold food items.
Causes of Teeth Grinding Habit (Bruxism)
As mentioned earlier, there are no direct causes found to be responsible
behind this condition. But studies indicate that there can be an assortment of
factors that can lead or act as trigger to this condition, like:
Suppressed Discontentment or
It has been found that if the kid is not happy with something and is
holding a grudge against anything, he is more prone to develop this condition.
Stress and anxiety, distress and frustration are another trigger
aspects. It is the build-up of tension that results in bruxsim.
Improper Alignment of Teeth
If the teeth of your kid are not properly aligned, it is observed that
the tendency to grind teeth develops readily in those kids. They basically try
to align their teeth unconsciously while asleep as the irregular alignment
causes a discomfort.
Reaction to Medication
If the child is prescribed with certain medicines under the category of
antidepressants, he is quite likely to pronounce symptoms of bruxism.
There are kids who have very high levels of energy. Hyperactive kids are
also found to grind their teeth while asleep; this is more of a mark of release
of extra energy.
Finally, how do you deal with this condition? Since there is no
particular factor that can be identified as a cause behind bruxism, there is
not a predetermined stipulated cure as well. In most children, it is noticed
that the habit of grinding teeth fades away with age. Basically, if it has been
triggered by an emotional factor, the habit goes away, when the kid is at peace
with himself, or when the cause is removed. Therefore, it is more important for
parents to take note of the emotional environment that they are providing for
Clinically, doctors suggest the use of various dental implements like
mouth guards so as to prevent the grinding of teeth. Teaching the kid on how to
keep their tongue inside their set of teeth also helps in resolving the issue
in many cases.