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Should You Worry About Your Kids’ Teeth Grinding?

added on: June 22, 2022
My Rivertown Dentist in Madison

There’s that sound. You know the one we’re talking about. That grinding that gets to you in ways no other sounds can. As your Madison dentist, we can understand that it can be scary to hear your little one grinding their teeth — whether it’s for the first time or for the hundredth time. At My Rivertown Dentist, we’re happy to talk more about this issue, also commonly known as bruxism

What is Bruxism or Teeth Grinding in Children?

While it might seem strange, when your baby or toddler is teething, if they grind their teeth, it might just be them experiencing a new sensation and nothing to worry about. Sometimes it even takes the teething pain or discomfort away to grind their teeth. But there’s a difference between casual grinding and bruxism or more habitual grinding. At My Rivertown Dentist, we can show you how bruxism can affect children and even adults of all ages. It’s usually characterized by the repetitive grinding, gnashing, or clenching of your upper and lower teeth. Grinding at night is often called sleep bruxism and often accompanies other disorders like snoring or sleep apnea.

When You Should See Your Madison Dentist for Help

Like so many other disorders or issues with your little one, there’s always the likely chance of them never needing treatment and outgrowing it. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Ashley Lee, there are new, highly-advanced ways we can help stop this issue. Thanks to her partnership with Vivos Therapeutics and more, we have completely innovative solutions for you and your little ones that you won’t find anywhere else. But if you’re concerned, it’s best to come to see the team at My Rivertown Dentist

We ask that you keep an eye out for more aggressive grinding. This is what leads to:

  • Badly worn or damaged teeth
  • Tooth discoloration or discomfort
  • Unnecessary jaw pain 

You’ll want to pay special attention to primary teeth that have already erupted in older children or teens where you don’t want further damage to occur that could be costly down the road. If your little one is struggling with pain or grinding their teeth, it’s time to talk to Dr. Lee at My Rivertown Dentist. Remember that everything we do, every recommendation we make is backed by the expert recommendations and research conducted by The Institute for Craniofacial Medicine. We are proud to say that we’re the only Madison dentist where you can find this information and in-depth dedication to your total wellness. Learn more courtesy of Dr. Lee and the team at My Rivertown Dentist. Schedule a stress-free consultation today!

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