Dentistry for Children - Dr. Maryam Sina & Associates

Pediatric Dentist located in Henderson, NV & Las Vegas, NV

Many people clench their teeth when they’re stressed, but when your child clenches, grinds, and gnashes their teeth while sleeping, they could be causing severe tooth damage. Dr. Maryam Sina, DDS, and the Kids Tooth Drs at Dentistry for Children in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada, provide customized mouth guards for children that have developed a teeth grinding habit that can help reduce the impact of teeth grinding and also break the bad habit. To learn more, call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Mouthguards Q & A

What are signs of a teeth grinding problem?

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common condition and habit that can develop at any age. Common symptoms of a teeth grinding problem include:

  • Frequent jaw pain and headaches
  • Tense jaw and neck muscles
  • Chipped and fractured teeth
  • Lip or cheek lesions
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Intermittent pain that feels like an earache

When teeth grinding occurs with younger children, the effects can be more pronounced as the teeth start to wear down before they are fully formed.

When does my child need a mouthguard?

If Dr. Sina detects a severe teeth grinding problem that is wearing down your child’s teeth, she will fit your child with a mouth guard.

Your child might also need a mouthguard if they are playing contact sports. A properly fitted mouth guard can prevent serious injuries in the event your child gets hit in the mouth while taking part in sports activities.

How do mouthguards work?

Mouth guards fit tightly over the upper teeth to protect the entire upper jaw from bruxism or injuries from sporting activities. They are made of a soft rubber-type material and are relatively comfortable to wear.

If your child has a teeth grinding habit, Dr. Sina will recommend they wear the mouth guard at night to protect their teeth while sleeping. While you can find over-the-counter mouthguards at a store, getting a customized mouth guard from the Kids Tooth Drs at Dentistry for Children means your child will have a higher degree of protection and the mouth guard will provide a comfortable fit.

What are the benefits of a mouthguard?

In addition to helping break the habit of teeth grinding and protecting their teeth if your child grinds them regularly, a mouth guard can prevent a number of oral health issues and injuries, including:

  • Cheek lesions from biting too hard or injuries
  • Gum and soft tissue wear and tear
  • Jawbone fractures or excessive tension on the jaw
  • Tongue and lip lesions from biting too hard or sports injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Tooth fractures from excessive stress on certain teeth

To find out if your child needs a mouth guard, or to learn more about how to stop your child’s teeth grinding habit, call Dentistry for Children or schedule an appointment online today.