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Understanding Teeth Grinding in Kids Marietta, GA
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Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common condition among children that can lead to significant dental issues if not addressed properly. East Cobb Orthodontics is dedicated to protecting your child’s smile and ensuring their oral health is in top condition. This blog discusses the signs of teeth grinding in kids and the benefits of custom-fit bite guards.

Identifying Teeth Grinding in Kids

It’s crucial for parents to recognize the signs of teeth grinding, as children might not be aware they’re doing it. Here are some indicators to watch for:

  1. Grinding Noises: You may hear grinding or clenching noises when your child is sleeping.
  2. Complaints of Headaches or Jaw Pain: Frequent headaches or soreness in the jaw upon waking can be telltale signs of bruxism.
  3. Teeth Wear: Examine your child’s teeth for signs of wear, chipping, or flattening, which are common in children who grind their teeth.
  4. Increased Tooth Sensitivity: If your child complains of tooth sensitivity, especially in the morning, it could be due to grinding.
  5. Chewing on Non-Food Items: Children who chew on pencils, toys, or other non-food items may be more likely to grind their teeth.

The Solution: Custom-Fit Bite Guards

To protect your child’s teeth from the effects of grinding, East Cobb Orthodontics recommends custom-fit bite guards. Unlike over-the-counter options, custom guards are designed specifically for your child’s mouth, providing a comfortable, secure fit and optimal protection.

Here are the benefits of opting for a custom-fit guard from our office:

  1. Tailored Fit: A custom guard is designed from a mold of your child’s teeth, ensuring a perfect fit that won’t slip or cause discomfort.
  2. Effective Protection: By providing a physical barrier between the upper and lower teeth, custom guards prevent wear and tear caused by grinding.
  3. Improved Comfort: Custom-fit guards are less bulky and intrusive than their store-bought counterparts, making them more comfortable for your child to wear overnight.
  4. Durability: Made from high-quality materials, custom guards are durable and long-lasting, providing reliable protection.

Protecting Your Child’s Smile

If you suspect your child is grinding their teeth, it’s important to consult with a professional at East Cobb Orthodontics. They can assess your child’s needs and recommend the best course of action, including the creation of a custom-fit bite guard if necessary. Taking steps to address teeth grinding early can prevent long-term damage to your child’s teeth and help maintain their overall oral health.

Remember, a healthy smile starts with proper care and protection. By recognizing the signs of teeth grinding and opting for a custom-fit bite guard, you can help ensure your child’s teeth remain healthy and strong. If you have concerns about your child’s dental health or suspect they may be grinding their teeth, don’t hesitate to contact East Cobb Orthodontics for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Iaculli, East Cobb Orthdontics

East Cobb Orthdontics - Marietta Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Road Marietta, GA 30062

Phone: (770) 993-7118

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