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If your child grinds their teeth, whether it’s during the day or at night, then they suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is another name for teeth grinding. As a parent, you likely wonder about your child’s little smile as the clench and grind their teeth. Well, our dentist, Dr. William D. Steinhauer, would like to help you by telling you all about this habit and how you can help your child’s little chompers.

It’s common for children to grind their teeth. Some grind their teeth when they are erupting new teeth. This helps them feel comfort from the pressure of the tooth poking through the gums. Some grind their teeth when they are stressed. This is a natural reaction to tension in the home or in life. Some might even grind their teeth when they have inner ear pressure or when they change elevation and they need to “pop” their ears.

No matter the cause of the grinding, you don’t need to worry about the teeth. That is, if your child has baby teeth. Even if the teeth wear down, they will be replaced with permanent teeth eventually. If your child has permanent teeth, it’s best to talk to your dentist about treatment.

Another way you can help your child is to reduce the need to grind their teeth. So, give them teething toys that help them break their little chompers through the gums. Or, try to help your child relax as much as possible. Play soothing music or try to eliminate the cause of the stress.

For more information and details about children and bruxism in San Antonio, Texas, please contact Dentistry for Children at 210-432-1510 when you get the chance. Our dental team is happy to give you the answers and help you need, so please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call. We look forward to hearing from you!