What sound is worse than nails on a chalkboard? Your child grinding their teeth in the middle of the night!
Teeth grinding (bruxism) while annoying to the ears is mostly a harmless habit not requiring any treatment. What causes kids to grind? No one really knows! There are several theories including stress in their lives (ie parental divorce, change at school, etc) or pressire changes in their ear.
Most children simply grow out of it. Between 6-9 years of age the grinding decreases and by 12 (or once a child loses all their baby teeth), children usually stop. In rare cases, this habit may continue into the teen years. If this occurs, or if there is excessive wear and tear on the teeth, a mouth guard may be required.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to make an appointment to discuss this further or as always, contact us!