“Just grin and bear it”, is often the advice we are given to cope with stress. If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaws. It’s called bruxism, and often it happens as you sleep.
Other things such as anxiety, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or teeth that are missing or crooked can cause teeth grinding. The symptoms of teeth grinding include:
-teeth that are painful or loose
To protect your teeth we can fit you with a mouth guard to wear during sleep. In some cases, your physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. If stress is the cause, you need to find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling, and exercise can all help reduce stress and anxiety.
Teeth grinding is common in children. However, because their teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment and most outgrow it by adolescence.
Although in adults teeth grinding is often the result of stress, the same is not always true with children. Other possible causes of teeth grinding in children include:
-irritation in the mouth
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding or your own, please contact us at 937-434-8870 or [email protected].
The Almoney and Brown Dental Team