Do you worry about the teeth grinding problem your child has? At Jenks Pediatric Dental in Jenks, Oklahoma, we can help keep your child’s teeth healthy. A night guard for the mouth is often the best way to protect your child’s teeth while asleep.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, teeth grinding might be a problem:
- Consistent headaches and neck pain.
- Pain or stiffness in the jaw joint.
- Teeth are sore or hurt when your child wakes up.
- Fatigue during the day and lack of focus due to poor sleep.
- Wearing down of the teeth from excessive grinding.
Teeth grinding can also stem from other issues, such as stress, anxiety, or an abnormal bite. Research has also shown that allergies and misaligned teeth can also cause teeth grinding. If you’re concerned about your child’s sleeping habits, call us to see how we can help.
Teeth grinding puts a lot of pressure on the jaw and can cause future complications like TMJ disorder. Treating problems with TMJ, or the temporomandibular joints, can often be tricky. Fortunately, we can prevent teeth grinding with a night guard.
Preventing Teeth Grinding
One of the most effective ways to stop your child from grinding his or her teeth at night is to wear a mouthguard during sleep. When you come into our office, Dr. Owens and Dr. Gilstrap can diagnose teeth grinding and take an assessment of your child’s condition. The mouthguard is custom fit from flexible synthetic material so your child will still sleep comfortably.
Wearing a guard at night is important to keep our patients from damaging their teeth. The constant clenching can wear down teeth and make them weaker in addition to aggravating TMJ issues. Weaker teeth will lead to problems like breakage, chipping, or increased decay.
Call Us Today!
Dr. Owens, Dr. Gilstrap and our pediatric team are passionate about helping children live pain-free and healthy lives. A consultation and complete exam can determine your child’s individual needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment!