My 7-year-old is Grinding Their Teeth in Their Sleep

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Reviewed by  Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

If your 7-year-old is grinding their teeth while sleeping, they may need some help. After all, if they are grinding their teeth in the daytime, they can do something about it. They can remind themselves to stop doing the habit and gradually reduce their teeth grinding. But at night, there's nothing they can do about it.

Fortunately, the CustMbite Nightguard can help. Nightguards are designed to provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth so that grinding them is impossible. While many nightguard brands only make adult-sized guards, CustMbite makes both kid-sized and adult-sized nightguards, so there's one to fit your 7-year-old's mouth and bite.

Why is my 7-year-old grinding their teeth in their sleep?

The frustrating thing about bruxism is that even the professionals aren't entirely certain what causes it. However, there are some particular risk factors. If you or your spouse have had or now have bruxism, your child is more likely to suffer from the condition because it seems to run in families.

Another risk factor for bruxism is stress. If your child frequently suffers from feelings like anger, anxiety, stress, frustration, or tension, they may be prone to suffer from bruxism. Personality traits like hyperactivity, aggressiveness, or competitiveness are also linked with childhood bruxism. Bruxism may also be associated with mental health issues like ADHD.

While doctors aren't sure what causes bruxism, they tend to agree that the best remedy for the condition is to use a custom-fit nightguard.

How can a nightguard keep my 7-year-old from grinding their teeth in their sleep?

There are a couple of things that are necessary for your child to benefit from their CustMbite nightguard. First, it has to stay in all night long. Second, they have to be willing to wear it. When we developed our nightguard, we took these factors into consideration.

That's why we make our nightguards out of our customizable Vistamaxx material. When your child gets their nightguard, it will take about 2 minutes for them to mold it to their exact bite. This customized fit helps keep the mouthguard in your child's mouth as they sleep.

The Vistamaxx material is soft and flexible so it's comfortable for your child to wear. In fact, your child will be able to speak clearly, breathe easily, and even get a drink or water with their nightguard in their mouth. It's also tough and strong enough to keep them from grinding their teeth night after night.

Most 7-year-old children are still in the middle of losing baby teeth. That's why you'll appreciate the fact that the CustMbite nightguard can be remolded any time your child's bite changes. In fact, when they get older, if they wear braces, the nightguard can work with those as well. Not all nightguards work well with braces, but CustMbite made our nightguard specifically to work with young children and children (or adults) with braces. Special fitting instructions are included in each package.

The CustMbite Nightguard is made entirely in the United States and is free of phthalates, latex, BPA, and PVC for your child's safety. It doesn't absorb saliva, water, or bacteria. It comes in a handy case that your child can store their nightguard between uses.

Cleaning the CustMbite Nightguard couldn't be easier. Simply use our All Natural Oral Appliance Cleaner. Just spray the nightguard with the minty-fresh cleaner, wipe it with a soft cloth, and rinse it in water. It's easy enough for a young child to do. The CustMbite Nightguard is perfect for young children with bruxism.

Where can I get the best nightguard for my 7-year-old?

If your 7-year-old is grinding their teeth in their sleep, the best way to help them is by providing a quality nightguard to keep their teeth from grinding or clenching. Order the best nightguard for kids online today so your kid can sleep peacefully and pain-free.

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Reviewed by:

Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Monroe Elkin got a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Rutgers School of Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. Dr. Elkin owned and operated his own dental practices for 29 years where he specialized in treating oral injuries for athletes, fabricated custom fitted mouth guards and performed both general and trauma dentistry for athletes at Wagner College as dentist for the athletic department. He also performed cosmetic dentistry including implants, crown and bridges, bonding and endodontics. Dr. Elkin has been a part of 3 publications and has held various positions volunteering for organizations that are about sports dentistry and oral care.

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