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Why Does My Child Grind Their Teeth?

Factors That Cause Teeth Grinding

A little-known fact is that excessive teeth grinding is not just a common behavior, but a legitimate condition referred to medically as bruxism.  Bruxism may unconsciously manifest during the day or at night during sleep.  Though a common condition – especially among children – teeth grinding often occurs during sleep and the condition may take the help of a pediatric dentist to identify.  In better understanding bruxism, it is important to know the common causes of the condition which include:

  • Stress
  • Age (most common among children)
  • Certain medications
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

Is Teeth Grinding A Concern?

If left untreated, teeth grinding can cause damage to teeth and the muscles of the jaw.  It is recommended you seek the care of a pediatric dentist if your child encounters any of the following symptoms:

  • Chipped or lost teeth
  • Pain or sensitivity
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tight or locked jaw muscles
  • Headache
  • Sleep disruption

We want your child’s teeth to add even more brightness to their smile.  At Timp Dental your child will receive expert pediatric dental care aimed towards treating and preventing the symptoms of bruxism.  Our pediatric dentists have been helping to brighten young smiles in Utah for many years. 

Pediatric Dentists That Care

As the Utah experts in pediatric dentistry, we understand the frustration of this condition.  We want your children to have strong, healthy teeth and are devoted to achieving that goal.  If you observe any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with Timp Dental and we will make your child receives only the friendliest attention and care.


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