Did you know that the frequency of teeth grinding is the highest in children? About 14 to 17 percent of children are reported to suffer from this sleep disorder. At Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that your child’s oral health is of utmost importance and we offer mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding.
Teeth Grinding and Preschool Performance
According to a study done by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, there is an association between teeth grinding and pre-school performance. The study analyzed 1,956 preschoolers and their parents’ answers on a questionnaire. It found that the higher the frequency of teeth grinding, the more likely the parents reported that the child was socially withdrawn and had difficulty adjusting to preschool.
If your child suffers from grinding their teeth at night, don’t wait to seek treatment. Teeth grinding leads to many oral and social problems but can be prevented. We offer mouth guards that stop you or your child from clenching or grinding teeth.
What is Teeth Grinding?
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding or clenching teeth during sleep. This is considered a sleep disorder. Over 10 percent of adults and 15 percent of children are affected by the disorder.
Since the disorder occurs during sleep, many people do not realize that they grind their teeth. Usually a parent or partner will discover the disorder. Sometimes, a person who suffers from bruxism will wake up with a sore jaw or temples or a headache.
What Causes Bruxism?
Several factors can contribute to bruxism, including stress or anxiety or a misaligned bite.
If left untreated, teeth grinding can present dental problems such as
- Teeth that are worn down
- Fractured, broken or chipped teeth
- Tooth loss
- Jaw problems
- Hearing loss
Oftentimes, patients who have suffered from bruxism for a long time will need bridges, crowns, implants, dentures or root canals.
Mouth Guards to Prevent Teeth Grinding in Lexington, SC
At Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide treatment for teeth grinding. Our mouth guards prevent grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep. The guards are custom made and provide a layer between teeth so that pressure cannot be exerted as forcefully. With this, patients can sleep better and wake up without a headache or sore jaw. Additionally, by stopping bruxism, you save money by avoiding dental work that may be needed after bruxism damage.
If you are interested in learning more about our mouth guards, visit our office in Lexington, SC or call us today at (803) 808-1778.