Teeth Grinding in Children


Bruxism or teeth grinding is a complication that more often occurs in children. Grinding of teeth is a strange occurrence that even the dentists are not really able to explain. Some of the possible issues which may give rise to grinding of teeth in children are:
  • New growth of teeth
  • New contact between teeth (upper and lower)
  • Poorly placed fillings or crowns
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Psychological factors like stress
How to stop teeth grinding in children?

Sometimes the teeth grinding in children are harmless, especially when they are doing so just to get used to new teeth. However, if your child is really suffers from pain in his/ her teeth then you should immediately consult a dentist.

Recent studies have shown that teeth grinding may be associated with bed wetting and other night-time disturbances. Ensure that your child is well hydrated (with water and not just milk) prior to going to bed. This reduces the sodium levels in the blood and actually lessens the likelihood of bed-wetting as well as tooth grinding.

If your children have already got rid of their baby teeth and the problem of grinding teeth still persists then you must consult a dentists. Getting it cured in the earlier stage can save your child from any major dental problems in future.

Tips to Stop Teeth Grinding in Children

The problem of teeth grinding is not just limited to adults. There are approximately 15 to 33 percent of children who have the habit of grinding their teeth. Children who grind their teeth tend to do so at two special times which are as follows:

  • When their baby teeth appear
  • And when their permanent teeth come in
Most of the children lose the teeth grinding habit after these two sets of teeth have come in completely. However, there are some in whom this problem persists. Children mostly grind their teeth during sleep rather than during day time.

Grinding of the baby teeth rarely results in problems. However, teeth grinding after the two phases mentioned above can result in various complication sin children like:
  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Wear on the teeth
  • Temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ)
Here are some important tips that can help a child stop teeth grinding:
  • Decrease the stress level of your child, especially just before he/ she goes to bed
  • Try stretching exercises and massage to relax the muscles of your child
  • Your child’s diet must include plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Lack of water in the body can cause teeth grinding in children
  • Go for regular check – ups and ask your dentist to monitor your child’s teeth to find out if he or she has the problem of grinding teeth


Kids may grind teeth (bruxism) because the top and bottom set of teeth are not in proper alignment. Also, they might grind their teeth to express or an impulsive reaction for any kind of the pain. Nervous tension or anger is another cause. For instance, a child might worry about an exam at school or a change in lifestyle (a new sibling or a new teacher). Even arguing with siblings or parents can create enough stress to prompt teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Some kids who are hyperactive also suffer from bruxism.

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