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HOW TO TELL IF YOUR KID HAS BRUXISM
Bruxism is a condition in which your child grinds, gnashes, or clenches their teeth. If they have daytime bruxism, it can be fairly easy to spot as you’ll notice them doing one (or all) of these behaviors. If they suffer from nighttime bruxism, though, you’ll need to look more closely. The best solution to nighttime grinding of the teeth is a youth mouthguard for grinding teeth, also called a nightguard, but it can be hard to find nightguards in children’s sizes. The CustMbite Nightguard has specially sized nightguards to help children.
If your child has teeth that are loose, chipped, flattened, or fractured, the cause could be nighttime bruxism. They may have worn tooth enamel that exposes deeper layers of their teeth. A dentist will notice this when your child goes in for a checkup. Bruxism may be the culprit if your child suddenly has increased tooth pain or sensitivity. The same is true if they complain of soreness in their jaw, neck, or face upon waking. If their jaw locks up making it hard (but not impossible) to open or close, bruxism may be the reason. If their sleep is disrupted because of jaw or facial pain, or they wake themselves up with the noise of grinding their teeth, you should have them treated for bruxism.
CAUSES, RISK FACTORS, AND POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF BRUXISM
While doctors aren’t entirely certain what causes bruxism, they believe it’s a combination of genetic, physical, and psychological factors. For example, emotions like anger, stress, frustration, anxiety, or tension can result in bruxism. It may also be a habit picked up during deep concentration. Nighttime bruxism could be a sleep-related chewing activity associated with dreams or other triggers during sleep.
There are a handful of risk factors that seem related to bruxism. The first one is excessive stress, anger, or frustration. Another risk factor is age—bruxism is pretty common in kids, and usually (but not always) goes away as they grow up. Certain psychiatric medications like antidepressants have been linked to bruxism. So has drinking caffeine, which can make children nervous. In children, conditions like night terrors, ADHD, and sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea have also been linked to bruxism.
In mild cases, bruxism simply causes the symptoms above with no real lasting damage, especially in children who still have their baby teeth. But severe cases can lead to damage to permanent teeth, chronic tension headaches, or severe jaw and facial pain. In the most serious cases, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can result, which occurs when the temporomandibular joint is knocked out of alignment.
There are a few things you should look for in a youth mouthguard for grinding teeth. First is whether it’s designed to be custom-fit to your child’s teeth. Some nightguards are bulky and hard to wear, difficult to breathe with, and uncomfortable for your child. These tend to end up falling out easily, or being taken out by your child as soon as you close their door because they’re not comfortable. The CustMbite Nightguard, on the other hand, is designed to be custom-fit to your child’s teeth. The first thing they do when they receive their nightguard is mold it to their teeth. There’s no need for boiling water—all you need is a microwave. It takes only a couple of minutes to mold the nightguard. The CustMbite Nightguard is also cost-effective in that you can remold it as your child’s teeth move and shift, which occurs naturally in children as time goes by. This way, you don’t have to buy a new nightguard every time the fit becomes outdated.
Our nightguards are made from our patented VistaMaxx material, which is strong enough to keep your child’s teeth from grinding while being flexible enough to be comfortable for them to wear. When they wear a custom-fit CustMbite Nightguard, they can breathe easily, speak clearly, and even get a drink at night without taking the nightguard out. Our nightguards are as good as the ones dentists provide at a fraction of the price.
Our nightguards are perfectly safe for day-to-day use by your child. They have been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and are BPA-, PVC-, latex-, and phthalate-free. We’re so confident they will work well for your youth that we offer a money-back guarantee, so there’s no risk in giving it a try.
If you’re looking for an affordable and effective solution to the consequences your child suffers from nighttime bruxism, the CustMbite Nightguard is the best choice for you. It comes in five different colors so your child can choose their own. Being invested in the color choice could even help them be more willing to wear the nightguard all night, each night. Order the best youth mouthguard for grinding teeth online today and see the difference it can make for your child.