Jaw clenching or grinding, also known as Bruxism, is very common amongst children. It often occurs during deep sleep or when a child is under stress. The good news is that most children outgrow it however it is important to follow up with your Dentist because in some cases children may grind because their teeth are not aligned properly, they are having nightmares, or it can be caused by medication.
Some cases of bruxism can lead to earaches, headaches, lack of sleep, chipped teeth or worn-down tooth enamel. If you think your child is grinding or clenching their teeth, book a dental checkup so their teeth can be examined and develop an effective treatment plan.
Sports mouth guards are used to protect your child’s primary and adult teeth from damage due to high impact from sports. In sports such as hockey, it is mandatory that all children have a mouthguard in order to play however we also strongly recommend your child wears a mouthguard if they are in other high contact sports like basketball, football, baseball, and soccer.
The most common dental injuries in sports are:
- Loss of tooth
- Tooth crack or fracture
- Tooth displacement
If your child experiences any trauma to one of their teeth, it is best to call your Dentist right away for advice on the best possible treatment and next steps.