Does Your Child Grind His/Her Teeth At Night (Bruxism)?

Parents are often concerned about their child’s tooth grinding habit (bruxism). Often, the first indication is the noise created by the child grinding on their teeth during sleep. Or, the parent may notice wear (teeth getting shorter) to the dentition. The majority of cases of Pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment. If excessive wear of the teeth (attrition) is present, then a mouth guard (night guard) may be needed. The good news is most children outgrow bruxism. The grinding decreases between ages 6-9 and children tend to stop grinding between ages 9-12. Please let Dr. Kilby and his staff know if you suspect your child has a tooth grinding habit.