Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210

Help Your Child Beat Bruxism


Have you noticed your child grinding their teeth or constantly clenching their jaw? If so, they may have a disorder called bruxism. It’s rather common, with up 30% of kids experiencing teeth grinding and clenching, and many naturally outgrow it. Find out if your child’s condition is truly a cause for concern.

The Cause of Your Child’s Case

There are various reasons for bruxism. It’s frequently due to dental disorders like a misaligned bite or crooked teeth. Yet teeth grinding can also be caused by stress, such as anxiety, anger, or tension. Finally, it can be a response to the pain of teething or an earache.

The Damage from the Disorder

If your child’s teeth clenching is infrequent, there may be no harmful effects and you may not even notice it. Yet severe cases of bruxism can have serious implications and is often easily detectable because you’ll see the child clench their jaw throughout the day or hear them grinding their teeth at night. Some of the signs of a problem include:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Fractured or chipped teeth
  • Serious pain in the face or jaw
  • Jaw problems like TMJ from chronic cases

The Time for Treatment

While many children simply outgrow the habit of teeth grinding, it can sometimes continue into adolescence. And if their teeth grinding is caused by stress, it won’t subside until the stress is relieved. But you can save your child from suffering by helping them manage the problem. Start by taking the child for a dental examination. Your dentist has various dental techniques that can help control teeth clenching and grinding, but you may be referred to a psychologist or specialist to treat the problem properly. Some of the most frequent treatments include:

  • Getting your child a mouth guard to protect teeth while sleeping.
  • Helping your child relax at bedtime.
  • Talking to the child about worries or stress they’re experiencing.
  • Teaching your child techniques to relax their jaw.
  • Keeping chewing gum out of reach since it encourages clenching and grinding.
  • Getting psychological counseling if your child has significant stress or anxiety.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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