Our pediatric dentist may recommend night guards to help treat bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, is a common problem among children and young adults. It can occur at any time, though it is more common at night while asleep. We invite you to call McMurphy Pediatric Dental and schedule an appointment with Dr. Austin McMurphy and learn more about bruxism and night guards in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Bruxism is one of the largest contributing factors to tooth damage. When untreated, it can cause many oral health problems for your child, including:

  • Broken and chipped teeth
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches and ear ringing
  • Sore jaw joints (leading to TMJ disorders)
  • Tension and pain in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders
  • Pain and tightness in jaw muscles

Our pediatric dentist may recommend a night guard to relieve your child’s discomfort and help get their bruxism under control. Night guards are a type of oral appliance and are custom made to fit your child’s mouth and smile. They work to prevent the teeth from touching and grinding against each other while your child sleeps, allowing your child to get the rest they need and avoid tooth damage and pain.

After your child’s bruxism has been brought under control, our pediatric dentist will be able to perform another evaluation to determine the extent of any previous damage and which treatments they may need to fully restore their smile and oral health.

If you have any questions about night guards and bruxism or if you want to make an appointment with our caring pediatric dentist, please contact our office today.