Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is fairly common in children. Studies show it to be present in about 50% of kids. Whereas the exact cause is unknown, it does seem to be prevalent in children who have sleep disturbances. These sleep disturbances can be due to allergies, difficulty breathing through the nose, sleep apnea, loose or erupting teeth, transient illnesses, developmental, or due to emotional stress. If you are concerned about your child's night-time grinding be sure to ask us about it.
Although not feasible for younger children who still have primary (baby) teeth, we are able to provide nightguards for adolescents and young adults.