If you’ve ever heard your child grinding or clenching their teeth in the middle of the night, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that around 10% of children suffer from this problem.
Teeth grinding and clenching can be caused by many different things, but it often stems from an underlying orthodontic issue. In this blog post, our Braces Plus team will explain what teeth grinding and clenching is, and we will discuss the symptoms and treatment options available.
What is teeth grinding and clenching?
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a condition in which a person unconsciously clenches their teeth together during the day or night. This can cause a lot of damage to the teeth over time, and it can also be very painful.
Clenching is similar to grinding, but it is often less severe. It usually happens at night, and it can also cause damage to the teeth.
What are the symptoms of teeth grinding and clenching?
The most common symptom of bruxism is a dull, constant headache that originates in the temples. Other symptoms include:
– Jaw pain
– Tooth sensitivity
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it’s important to take them to the dentist or orthodontist for an evaluation.
How is teeth grinding and clenching treated?
The goal of treatment is to relieve the symptoms and prevent further damage to the teeth. In some cases, this can be done with a night guard or splint, which is worn over the teeth to protect them from grinding. In other cases, braces may be necessary to correct the underlying orthodontic issue.
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If your child is suffering from bruxism or clenching, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We would be happy to take a look and see if orthodontic treatment can help! Contact us at Braces Plus for your FREE consult!