Did You Know Bruxism Affects Kids? Here’s What to Do

In the realm of children’s dentistry, one condition that often flies under the radar is bruxism, or teeth grinding. Despite being a common issue, many parents may only realize that their children are suffering from this condition once they bring them in for a routine children’s dentistry visit. As a parent, understanding bruxism can help ensure your child maintains good oral health.

Why Children Experience Bruxism

Bruxism is an involuntary grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth, typically occurring during sleep, but it can also happen when the child is awake. Various factors contribute to bruxism in children. Emotional stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, or a reaction to pain from teething or earaches can lead to teeth grinding. Additionally, certain medical conditions and medications might also cause bruxism.

In some instances, bruxism is a natural part of children’s dentistry care, often linked with the development and alignment of the teeth as kids grow. However, monitoring this condition closely is crucial because, while most children outgrow it by their teen years, ongoing, severe bruxism can lead to oral health issues.

Impact of Bruxism on a Child’s Oral Health

The repercussions of untreated bruxism on children’s oral health can be significant. Continuous grinding wears down the enamel of the teeth, leading to sensitivity and increased susceptibility to cavities. More severe cases of bruxism can cause chipped teeth, fractures, or damage to the jawbone or temporomandibular joint, resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Moreover, bruxism often results in headaches and facial pain, influencing a child’s overall well-being. It may also lead to sleep disturbances, impacting the child’s mood and cognitive performance, which can ripple out to affect school performance and social interactions.

Available Treatments

Fortunately, children’s dentistry offers several effective treatments for managing bruxism. During a children’s dentistry visit, your dentist will examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and jaws to determine the best course of action. Treatment options typically aim to alleviate symptoms, prevent damage to the teeth, and address the underlying causes of bruxism.

In many cases, dental guards or splints are recommended. These are worn at night, creating a barrier between the top and bottom teeth, preventing grinding. For children experiencing anxiety or stress-related bruxism, behavioral therapies or counseling may be helpful. In some instances, addressing associated medical conditions or adjusting medications can significantly reduce the occurrence of bruxism.

How Parents Can Help

Parental support plays a crucial role in managing a child’s bruxism and addressing the issues causing it. Firstly, maintaining regular children’s dentistry visits is essential for early detection and monitoring of bruxism. The dental care provider can give tailored advice and treatment plans according to the child’s needs.

Encourage good oral hygiene practices at home, as proper children’s dentistry care extends beyond the dentist’s office. These practices include regular brushing and flossing, which can help keep teeth strong and healthy.

Furthermore, promoting a stress-free environment at home can significantly assist. Help your child manage stress through relaxation techniques, physical activity, or hobbies. Regular sleep routines also contribute to better oral health by ensuring your child is well-rested, potentially reducing the occurrence of sleep bruxism.

Lastly, keep an open line of communication with your child. Understanding their worries or stresses can help you comfort your child and address underlying issues that may be contributing to bruxism.


In conclusion, bruxism is a common but manageable condition in children. By understanding the causes and impacts of bruxism, parents can take the next steps to ensure their child receives the best children’s dentistry care. Regular dental visits, a conducive home environment, and effective communication, can make a significant difference in managing and treating bruxism in children.


If you suspect your child may be experiencing bruxism, contact Torbram Dental today!



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