What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a medical term for involuntary grinding and gnashing of teeth. Mostly, it is a common condition that happens when your child is in a deep sleep at night. Bruxism is not harmful, but when the unconscious movement goes regularly, it may lead to dental damage and disturbed sleep. For a better understanding of why Bruxism occurs to your child. Here are some helpful facts about teeth grinding.
1. Causes of Bruxism remains obscure
The findings of Bruxism’s causes are still unknown. But studies show that Bruxism can also be associated with other health risk factors of your child. Such as mouth allergies, teeth alignment, anxiety, stress, fatigue, snoring, sleep apnea, medical disorders, or some psychiatric medication and may also occur from family history.
2. There are two classifications of Bruxism
- Awake Bruxism – It may be linked to damaged and teeth restorations. These habits of your child, such as nail-biting, pencil chewing, and tongue or cheek biting, are examined to be forms of awake Bruxism.
- Sleep Bruxism – It is also known as parasomnia related to stimulation during the sleep cycle of your child.
3. Bruxism has symptoms
- Tooth grinding or loud clenching at night that wakes up your child – these means that are tightening of jaw muscles and involuntary movement of teeth biting.
- Headaches – Your child may complain about head problems brought to you by some health risk factors.
- Pain sensitivity or toothaches – It may trigger from drinking or eating hot or cold items by your child and caused by the flexing of teeth when ground from side to side.
- Soreness of jaw or face pain – It is a discomfort feeling of your child when opening and closing the maxilla. It can also occur when in the resting point of your teeth, hyperactivity, or spasms.
- The sudden feel of earache even without an ear problem – Since Bruxism is in the mouth area, it may affect the ear area due to the closeness to the ear canal. It can also be a side effect.
- Damaged to teeth – It causes by the friction of the teeth due to chronic grinding of your child.
- Interruption of sleep – Due to clenching in the middle of the night, your child may have a night of interrupted sleep.
4. Bruxism may lead to complications
- Severe jaw or face pain
- Damage to crowns, restoration, teeth, and jaw
- Severe tension-type headaches
- Disorders arise in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). There is a snapping sound that connects the bone in the jaw going in front of ears when your child opens and closes mouth.
5. Bruxism has remedies
Having Bruxism is familiar to kids, and auspiciously, many of the children outgrow this condition. As a parent, your child must observe keenly, and your child should have a visit to the dental clinic for consultation. In line with this, you may consider these remedies to relieve symptoms:
- A mouth guard or splints to help protect your child from gnashing and grinding of teeth
- Massage and do mouth exercise to relax your child’s jaw
- Stress or anxiety management to reduce or prevent your child from having Bruxism.
- Practice sleep hygiene is a good habit. Such as making a relaxing ambiance for your child, playing bedtime music, reading bedtime stories, put your child to bed early and have a long night of rest.
- Have a frequent conversation with your child; this helps identify the stress or anxiety that your child has that give risk factors into having Bruxism.
- Avoid giving your child caffeinated food or drinks such as chocolates, ice cream, or flavored food that can trigger symptoms that may lead to complications.
- Bring your child to medical professionals that would help in providing further evaluation and advice for your child’s condition.
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