Children grinding their teeth is not uncommon it is becoming more noticeable every decade. In most cases, these are mild cases and carry no severe consequences for the child.
Teeth grinding or bruxism as it is known in the dental industry, happen at night while the child is asleep. Many experts have slightly differing opinions on why this happens but there a few common reasons that we understand as to why:
The child's teeth may not be aligned properly
Most children tend not to grow out if it, as they develop and in most cases, have no long-term ill effects. However, there can be circumstances where teeth grinding can go as far as causing headaches and earaches, naturally the possibility of wear and tear on the teeth and in a few extreme cases chipped teeth.
This is more prevalent a point for babies as their enamel has not developed correctly on their milk teeth to the same level as in permanent teeth.
As it stands right now, no treatment is given or administered by a dentist for children grinding their teeth. However, if this is becoming a problem and is having a follow-on effect for the child in their day to day life, then it's a good idea to pay your Children's dentist in Canberra a visit, click here for more information.
If wear becomes noticeable on a child's permanent teeth, then the possibility of a bruxism splint can be recommended by your dentist.
Be sure to log each event carefully once this becomes a child's trait at night, so your dentist is fully informed on when it started and how often it is occurring. Once you provide your dentist with the details, they will be able to advise you on a course of action.