My child grinds his teeth all the time. Does he need a mouth guard?
Children grind their teeth often especially their baby teeth. It is a natural part of growing up. In many cases, Dr. Schafer has no concerns with it and the child will grow out of it. While many parents fear that their child may be developing TMJ problems, kids grind their teeth for a different reason than adults do. If Dr. Schafer treated every single child that ground his teeth, he'd be a very busy dentist.
Dr. Schafer is concerned about children that grind their teeth and snore at night, though. Snoring is not healthy in adults and it isn't healthy in children. When kids snore every night, they are not breathing well. When they aren't breathing well, they aren't sleeping well. As all parents know, a child that hasn't slept well is not likely to have a good day. If your child snores, Dr. Schafer recommends that you take a video of him snoring at night with a cell phone camera and show the video to your child's pediatrician or an Ear Nose Throat specialist on your insurance to evaluate the tonsils.
Getting a good night's sleep is essential to good health in both adults and children. If you ever have any questions, please let us know. We are happy to help you find a solution.