While parents often think of themselves as being stressed, running from here to there and juggling work with kids, they don’t often consider that their kids could be stressed as well, or that they could transmit their nerves to them. But life is stressful, even for kids, and if they’ve just gone through a change of environment, a new school, problems with a sibling or classmate, or overheard their parents fighting, these can be reasons enough for the tension to affect their teeth.
Which Can Lead to Other Conditions
If the condition develops, it can lead to chipped tooth enamel, jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ), and even facial sensitivity. So, if you overhear your child grinding at night, or they awake complaining of tenderness around the jaw area, headache, painful gums, or earache, then it could be a symptom of something deeper and it’s a good idea to talk to your child about what may be troubling them. Speak to a caregiver, teacher, or your partner if your child is very young, and do your best to speak soothingly to them (as shouting at kids can be harmful to their long term health).
Your Kid’s Teeth May Need Realigning
If stress isn’t a factor and has been ruled out by all parties concerned, then it may be that your child’s bottom and top teeth aren’t correctly aligned. In which case, a dentist will be able to recommend the right course of corrective action, or a custom night guard, to stop your children’s teeth from rubbing together as they grow. A custom guard especially molded to your child's teeth is a great way of getting results fast, while you find out the cause of the bruxism.
But whether your child’s teeth grinding comes down to a physical condition, such as a bad alignment of the teeth, or a psychological one; developing habits to help them relax before they go to sleep is always helpful. Try a warm bath, reading a story, or playing some soothing music. If your child does suffer from bruxism, the good news is that the condition usually goes away by itself, and if you’re aware of what to look out for, you can help reduce their discomfort while it lasts.