Between 15% to 33% of children will suffer from bruxism at some point. For the most part, this is caused by the pain that occurs during the eruption of new teeth. The habit will generally fade after the discomfort passes, but sometimes the grinding will persist. In such an event, our Federal Way dentistry clinic offers the following advice for your young one:
- Sometimes your child could be grinding without realizing it, often while they sleep. If he or she complains of headaches or a sore jaw, listen for a grinding sound during the night.
- A lot of grinding is caused by stress. Work on ways to reduce your child’s stress, particularly before he or she goes to bed.
- Instruct your child to massage his or her jaw muscles to relax them.
- Dehydration can contribute to bruxism. Assure that your child is getting enough to drink.
- Consult your dentist about your child’s bruxism. We can help to pinpoint the source of the problem. Your child may require some form of dental care to reduce discomfort and overcome his or her tooth-grinding.