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Bruxism

 

Dental Manifestations:

 

- Grinding of baby teeth or adult teeth

- Usually occurs at night

- Results in mild to severe wear of front and back teeth

- Very common in young children with baby teeth

- Usually decreases by age 7-8 years old and is eliminated
after the eruption of the permanent teeth  at 12 years.

 

What happens in severe cases?

 

1. You can develop tooth sensitivity once the enamel covering is gone-uncommon in baby teeth.

 

2. The nerve can be exposed- OUCH! May require extraction.

 

Suggested Treatment

 

- Young children up to 8 years old usually require no treatment. Parents may have to purchase earplugs!

- Older children may require a mouth guard at night to protect their permanent teeth.

- Dr. Keels will monitor your child's occlusal wear and recommend any treatment if needed.