Why X-rays anyways? Periodic dental X-rays are an integral part of a thorough dental examination. They help show areas of the teeth and mouth that are not clinically visible. The two main types in pediatric dentistry are Panoramic X-rays (that scan the upper and...
Children Grinding Teeth
I can hear my child grinding their teeth, especially at night. Should I be concerned? Tooth clenching and grinding (Bruxism) is actually quite common in children. Two reasons include stress (achieving a new milestone, school, new environments) and dental malocclusion (teeth not fitting together ideally). It is a fact that the roots of teeth sit in a sling of ligaments and nerves. When children clench or grind, there is enormous neurologic feedback to their brain. A reflex arc sends an impulse to your mandible, triggering it to bite (like when we chew food). What a profound new sensation for a child with a developing dentition!
Though the sound of bruxism can be alarming, the amount of wear on your child’s teeth can be variable. Give us a call if you suspect bruxism in your child.
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