What Causes Teeth Grinding in Children?
Teeth grinding in children is often an involuntary act. One main reason why your child may grind his or her teeth is psychological stress. Pent up anger, fear or anxiety may trigger this behavior. The second main reason is the alignment of your child’s bite in the jaw. The positioning of teeth may natural force the grinding. It is possible that your child grinds his or her teeth because of both physical and psychological burdens.
What are the Symptoms?
Bruxism or teeth grinding is not always obvious. You or your child may not even notice it until some damage has occurred. Here are some things to watch for:
– If you hear obvious grinding noises during both waking and sleeping hours, chances are, your child is grinding teeth.
– If your child has a swollen jawline in the morning, it is possible teeth grinding happened the night before.
– If your child whines about chewing pains, then it is possible he or she has a jaw problem.
– If your child has hypoglycemia, bruxism may develop alongside with that condition because low blood sugar levels can cause irritation and anxiety.
How to Help Your Child with Bruxism
Make sure your child has an adequate amount of calcium intake. Foods rich in calcium such as milk and cheese will do the job. However, in order for the body to use these nutrients properly, it is important to pair calcium-rich foods with magnesium-rich foods, such as whole grains. This helps involuntary muscle movement. Supplements such as Vitamin C and Vitamin B5 are also good to reduce the stress of teeth grinding. Follow the labels on the products carefully or check with your Natural Healer for the proper dosage according to age.
If you feel your child is experiencing teeth grinding due to emotional stress, it is a good idea to have a private talk with your child. However, do not mention you are doing this because he or she is grinding teeth. Children will often keep anxieties to themselves, especially when they feel threatened. A casual heart to heart talk will open up your child and allow them to feel safe and discuss problems that may be subconsciously bothering them.
If your child clearly shows symptoms of physical jaw pain, a visit to the dentist will answer all your questions. Dentists will often recommend a mouth guard to protect the teeth while you discuss options to correct jawline misalignment. Frequent visits to the dentist from the age of three will catch these potential problems before they become an issue.
Psychological or emotional problems are a bit tricky to correct at times. If proper nutrition and care do not help, then the problem may be deeply rooted elsewhere. Perhaps the problem may not even be with your child, but with other family and friends around them. In these delicate circumstances, professional consulting may be necessary to treat teeth grinding in children.