Posted by DR. CHRISTOPHER WONG on Feb 13 2020, 02:39 AM
Children are often seen clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth, especially when they're teething. Though it provides a relief to them, excessive grinding of teeth could lead to certain oral issues. Over time, the severity of the condition could intensify and affect the child's adult life as well, which is why it is essential to treat it in the early stages.
Bruxism is the medical term for night-time teeth grinding and jaw clenching. It is a condition that is mostly seen in adults, which is known to be one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. However, children do sometimes experience teeth grinding due to various causes. Approximately 15% to 35% of children are known to grind their teeth, either consciously or subconsciously.
In toddlers, the teething phase could cause a lot of irritation in the gums. Due to this, the tendency to grind the teeth and clench one's jaws are higher as it provides a relief to them. They grind their teeth both during sleep as well as waking hours. The other cause of teeth grinding could be when children lose their milk teeth, and the permanent teeth start to erupt. The tendency to clench the jaws would be high during this stage, which could lead to misalignment of teeth.
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