Adolescent Teeth Grinding

Adolescent Teeth Grinding in La Marque, TX

South Star Dental in La Marque, TX sees patients of all ages for just about everything. Something becoming more and more common among adolescent patients is teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. 

It’s estimated that 15 to 33% of children grind their teeth when they sleep. This number is shocking compared to the maximum of 8% of adults suffering from the same issue. Many people who grind their teeth aren’t aware they’re doing it. If your child is dealing with bruxism, there are things you can do to help. 

Signs and Symptoms of Adolescent Teeth Grinding

Dr. Saurabh Mankotia can help your child with their teeth grinding by offering a custom-made mouthguard, as well as lifestyle changes. It’s important to note that some people don’t show any symptoms of bruxism. 

For those that do, they might have:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Pain when opening their mouth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Headaches
  • Increased sensitivity to food and beverage temperatures
  • Difficulty chewing or talking
  • Earaches
  • Worn-down teeth

A simple way to tell if your child is grinding their teeth is to listen while they sleep. You’ll be able to hear a slight grinding sound. If you do, we suggest that you book an appointment with our skilled team today.

Treatment For Adolescent Teeth Grinding

One of the best ways you as a parent can help your child with teeth grinding is by adjusting lifestyle habits. Start by avoiding caffeine close to bedtime, or entirely if possible. Establish 30 minutes before lights-out as a designated calming activities time that doesn’t involve a screen, such as reading, coloring, or meditating.

Bruxism is often caused by anxiety, stress, medication, hyperactivity, and pain. At South Star Dental, Dr. Saurabh Mankotia can identify if any of these things may be causing the issue at hand. Most of the time, the grinding will stop before your child reaches adulthood, but this isn’t always the case. 

Give Us a Call

Even if you only suspect your child is grinding their teeth, we think it’s best to bring them in for an examination. It’s best to take preventative measures to stop bruxism before it gets worse and leads to severe tooth damage. 

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