As parents, nothing matters more to us than the happiness and safety of our children. Quite often I get questions from patients who are concerned about their children grinding their teeth at night. The medical term for the grinding, clenching or gnashing of teeth as we sleep is called bruxism. While it’s often considered an adult condition, it is common in children as well. We typically associate bruxism with stress or with an unbalanced or unstable bite. However, the latest research seems to indicate that bruxism may be an unconscious effort to open a constricted or obstructed airway, and it seems to be closely related to environmental allergies in children. Experts estimate that three children out of ten are nighttime bruxers.
It is easy to understand that the origin of bruxism could be as simple as misaligned teeth. It is also easy to see how stress at work, school or home could contribute to bruxism. Read More→