If your child has issues with grinding or clenching teeth at night, you should call their pediatric dentist before they develop more oral health problems. Side effects of teeth grinding include worn tooth enamel, jaw pain, and irritated gums.
While it’s rare for small children to grind their teeth at night, teenagers may be more at risk due to stress.
What Your Child Can Expect
Your child’s night mouth guard will be fitted to the exact shape of their teeth for the best level of protection and comfort. During their first appointment with us, their dentist will take impressions of their teeth to send to the dental lab. When you bring your child back for their next appointment, we’ll have their new night guard ready for them. Our dentists will also make sure that the fit of the dental night guard allows your child to breathe normally.
How Night Guards Work
Night guards are similar to the mouth guards athletes wear for contact sports. However, instead of wearing them on the football field or hockey rink, your child will wear their teeth guard while asleep in bed. A teeth grinding guard will prevent further damage to your child’s smile so they don’t wear down precious tooth enamel. Night guards prevent bruxism by creating a barrier between your child’s upper and lower teeth. That way, when they clench their jaw they’ll be biting down on the protective material and not on teeth.
Your child’s night mouth guard will be fitted to the exact shape of their teeth!
Our pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Care offer night guards and other preventative dentistry services to protect your child’s smile from teeth grinding. To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, call any of our offices in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia.