Grinding teeth a common problem in children
Last updated 2/15/2018 at Noon
I can hear my child grinding their teeth, especially at night. Should I be concerned?
Tooth clenching and grinding (bruxism) is actually quite common in children. Two reasons include stress (achieving a new milestone, school, new environments) and dental malocclusion (teeth not fitting together ideally).
It is a fact that the roots of teeth sit in a sling of ligaments and nerves. When children clench or grind, there is enormous neurologic feedback to their brain. A reflex arc sends an impulse to your mandible triggering it to bite (like when we chew food).
What a profound new sensation...