Often parents face the problem of dental screeching in children. This phenomenon is called bruxism. Bruxism occurs in very young children, as well as in adolescents. Sometimes parents try not to pay attention to child's gnashing of teeth, mistakenly believing that this state will pass by itself. Consider why the child grinds with his teeth, and what the consequences of this phenomenon may be.
Why does the child grind his teeth day or night?
The appearance of bruxism in children always has an explanation. It is necessary to establish the reason in time to begin the correct treatment.
So, why does the child grind his teeth and when he does not sleep, and at night? We give the main reasons for this state.
The most common occurrence of bruxism provokes stressful situations in the baby. And since the child's psyche is extremely fragile, the stresses in a child's life are much greater than for adults. For him, moving to a new place of residence, the birth of a brother or sister, a quarrel with chil
Why does a child grind his teeth at night? Quite often on such a question neurologists respond that the cause is in sleep disorders. Experts attribute night bruxism to the same pathologies as somnambulism, conversations in a dream. If scratching with teeth in a dream is accompanied by difficulties with falling asleep, frequent night wakes, nightmares, the child should be shown to the neurologist.
In very young children, bruxism can accompany teething. Since the baby's itches and itchs at this time, it can involuntarily clench the teeth and scratch the gums, making it easier for oneself to feel uncomfortable.
Often creaking with teeth occurs in children who suffer from nasal breathing due to adenoids( pathologically enlarged pharyngeal tonsil), polyps( abnormal growth of the nasal mucosa tissues), sinusitis( inflammation of the paranasal sinuses).Doctors say that in 80% of cases of these diseases bruxism is observed.
Often, in response to a question about why a child grinds with his teeth and when he does not sleep, and at night, the mother can hear from her older friends that this is due to the presence of parasites. Indeed, in some cases with parasitic infection, this condition is observed in the child. This is especially true when infected with pinworms.
Sometimes bruxism is a symptom of a normal bite in a child. Usually this is manifested in children at the age of three. Also to the scratching of teeth lead some congenital disorders of the structure of the jaw apparatus.
In addition, if parents are wondering why a child grinds his teeth at night and day, they should ask their parents if they had such a condition. Experts do not exclude the hereditary factor of this phenomenon. Especially often bruxism is inherited by boys.
Some babies can grind their teeth with a lack of calcium in the body. This problem is solved by prescribing special preparations with calcium for the child.
Parents should understand that periodic creaking with teeth occurs in almost all children. And the characteristic sounds can be heard both at night and in the daytime. In the event that this phenomenon happens from time to time, the creak lasts no more than 30 seconds, it can be ignored. With intensive and frequent creaking, the child's teeth should be shown to the specialist.
Consequences of bruxism in children
It is necessary to determine why a child grinds his teeth day or night to eliminate the cause of such a phenomenon. At first glance, rather innocuous grinding with teeth can lead to serious consequences. Frequent and prolonged friction with teeth against each other can provoke their abrasion and the appearance of microcracks. If time does not eliminate bruxism, it can lead to the development of caries, pulpitis, periodontitis. In addition, the baby will develop an incorrect bite, which is quite dangerous for his health and development.
Sometimes frequent creaking with teeth causes tension and pain in the muscles of the back, headache.
Treatment of bruxism is not particularly difficult. The main thing is to seek help from a doctor in time, which will determine the cause of the pathology and select the necessary therapy. First of all, the child needs consultation of a neurologist who will prescribe the treatment. A dentist can help prevent abrasion of the tooth enamel during the treatment period.