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How Do I Stop My Child From Teeth Grinding at Night?

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Do you hear your child grinding their teeth at night? If so, you'll need to schedule an appointment for your child to see one of our pediatric dentists. The sooner you call, the sooner we'll be able to make a night guard for your child. A night guard is an oral appliance your child wears while they sleep to stop teeth grinding.

The exact cause of teeth grinding (bruxism) is difficult to pinpoint. Children may grind their teeth out of stress or even from a misaligned jaw. Sometimes teeth grinding is a phase. It’s important to remember that each patient is different.

Continue reading to learn how a night guard can protect your child's teeth while they sleep. Our pediatric dentists are here to help!

Know the Signs of Teeth Grinding

Many of our young patients (and their parents) are unaware they grind their teeth at night. Yet, our pediatric dentists may be able to diagnose bruxism if they notice worn tooth enamel. Other signs of teeth grinding include waking up with jaw pain and having teeth break.

Signs of teeth grinding include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Fractured teeth
  • Broken fillings
  • Sleepiness during the day

Call Children's Dental Care

Do you suspect your child grinds their teeth at night? It's important that you get your child in to see one of our pediatric dentists as soon as possible. Without bruxism treatment, your child will exert a lot of force on their teeth every night. Over time, this force can crack or fracture teeth. A night guard for teeth grinding protects your child's smile so they won't need urgent care.

Request an Appointment with our Pediatric Dentists

Our pediatric dentists can make a custom night guard for your child. A night guard works by forming a protective layer between your child's upper and lower teeth. That way, your child's teeth will meet the night guard when they bite down or clench.

It'll take two visits for us to create your child's teeth grinding guard. During your child's first appointment, we'll need to take impressions of their teeth. An outside dental lab will then use these impressions to create your child's night guard. When your child returns to our office, their night guard will be ready. We'll have your child try on their night guard to ensure the fit is comfortable. That way, they’ll have no problem sleeping with their night guard.

Get Your Child a Custom Mouth Guard

If your child is waking up in pain, they're not getting the deep quality sleep they need. You may have already noticed that your child doesn't have the energy or focus they once had. Our pediatric dentists will be able to create a custom night guard to protect your child's teeth. That way, your child can get the rest they need and maintain a healthy smile.

Our night guard dentists serve patients in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia. Call Children's Dental Care to request an appointment for your child. The sooner you schedule your child's visit, the sooner they'll be able to find relief from jaw pain.