Teeth Grinding and Autism

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Dental Problems Associated With Autism

Autism is a condition that can include difficulty with clear communication. Children who have autism frequently engage in bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, at night when they’re asleep. This habit can cause serious dental problems, and children with autism often can’t communicate if they are in pain or what kind of pain they are experiencing. Once you or your dentist has discovered that your child with autism is experiencing nighttime bruxism, the best way to deal with it is to have them wear a quality nightguard like our CustMbite Nightguard.

The effects of bruxism can range from mild to severe. Your child might suffer from soreness or pain in the jaw, neck, or face when they wake up and not understand why they feel that way. The same is true of a pain that feels like an earache when there’s no actual problem with the ear or ear canal. Your child may experience frequent dull headaches that begin in the area of their temples. These can all be mild to moderate indicators that they are suffering from nighttime bruxism.

Unfortunately, some of the more severe effects of bruxism may occur before you realize your child has the condition. You or your dentist may notice that your child’s teeth are flattened, chipped, fractured, or loose. Your child may be suffering from increased tooth pain or sensitivity. They may also have damage on the inside of their cheeks from chewing on them. One of the worst complications of bruxism is the development of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, which happens when the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull is pushed out of place. Severe bruxism can lead to this condition if left untreated.

How do I treat my child’s bruxism?

Because autism spectrum disorder can inhibit communication and social interaction skills, it can be a complex task to provide them with proper dental hygiene and help alleviate their bruxism symptoms. This is especially true because your child may not understand the reasoning behind dental hygiene. They may not see the nightguard as a helpful device that can mitigate their symptoms, but rather they may feel uncomfortable with it in their mouth. This can lead to non-compliance as far as leaving the nightguard in through the whole night, which makes it an ineffective solution.

The answer is to introduce the CustMbite Nightguard, which can help your child understand that it will help their teeth feel better. The proper way to do this will vary from child to child, but the CustMbite Nightguard is the best nightguard you could use because of its particular attributes.

What is the best nightguard for children with autism?

The CustMbite Nightguard was developed with the help of dental professionals who care about your child’s comfort and protection from the pain caused by bruxism. Our mouthguards are made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is soft and flexible enough that it may not irritate a child with autism as much as another type of guard. VistaMaxx is strong enough to stand up to your child’s attempts to grind or clench their teeth each night, while remaining comfortable enough to keep in their mouth comfortably for the entire night. Your child will be able to drink water, speak clearly, and breathe easily when wearing the CustMbite Nightguard, so they won’t need to pull it out to perform these tasks if they get up during the night. 

The CustMbite Nightguard is made to be custom-fit to your child’s teeth. That can be done easily in just a couple of minutes without having to boil the device. This custom fit helps the nightguard stay in your child’s mouth all night long as well as helping it meet the comfort standards that might be higher in a child with autism.

You can feel confident that the CustMbite Nightguard is safe for your child. It has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and is free of PVC, BPA, latex, and phthalates. You may be able to get a custom-molded mouthguard from your dentist, but it will likely cost a great deal more than the CustMbite Nightguard and offer no higher quality. 

If your child has braces, you will appreciate the fact that the CustMbite Nightguard can be remolded as many times as necessary, so as their teeth shift, they don’t need to get a new nightguard—another cost-saving feature of our nightguard.

Where can I get my child with autism a CustMbite Nightguard?

Since autism and teeth grinding, or bruxism, often go hand-in-hand, having your child start using the CustMbite Nightguard as soon as possible is a good idea. We make them in petite size as well as full size, so there’s one to fit your child’s mouth no matter what. Order the best nightguard for autism and teeth grinding on the market today and help your child stop suffering the effects of nighttime bruxism.

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