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Does your child grind their teeth? If so, you probably cringe at the sound and worry about your child’s little chompers. Well, your child suffers from something called bruxism, which is another name for teeth grinding. Our dentists, Dr. Anthony Scoma and Dr. Natalie Lam, would like to tell you all about bruxism in La Jolla, California, so you can know more about the habit and so you can help your child protect their smile.

Many children grind their teeth. Sometimes children grind their teeth because they have a little chomper trying to pop out of their gums. The grinding can help the tooth break through. Sometimes children grind their teeth because they feel stressed. Clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth are natural reactions to stress. Sometimes children grind their teeth because of a change in elevation and the need to “pop” their ears. Sometimes children grind their teeth because of inner ear pain. No matter the cause of the grinding, you don’t need to worry about the teeth. That is, if your child has baby teeth. Even if the teeth wear down, they will be replaced with permanent teeth eventually. If your child has permanent teeth, it’s best to talk to your dentist about treatment.

There are some things you can do to reduce the teeth grinding. One thing you can do is give your child a teething toy or something to chew on. This can help the teeth break through the gums. Another thing you can do is try to relieve your child’s stress. If you need help reducing the teeth grinding, feel free to call our office.

Do you have any questions about children and bruxism? If so, please reach out to Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc today at 858-551-9700. Our dental team will be more than happy to talk with you and give you the answers you’re looking for. The more you know, the better. We look forward to hearing from you!