Your child’s teeth have a worn, flattened, chipped, or otherwise abnormal look.
If your child’s teeth look worn down, chipped, or otherwise misshapen, this could be a sign of excessive tooth grinding.
Your child has headaches, earaches, or a sore jaw when they wake up in the morning.
Grinding can cause fatigue and pain in the muscles surrounding the jaw and face. If your child wakes up with headaches, earaches, or a sore jaw, it could be a sign that they have nocturnal bruxism or they’re grinding their teeth at night.
Your child has trouble sleeping and/or experiences frequent nighttime awakenings.
Teeth grinding can lead to sleep disturbances and disruptions in the normal sleep pattern. If your child is having difficulty sleeping or wakes up often during the night, this could be a sign of bruxism activity.
Your child’s teeth are very sensitive.
If your child’s teeth are more sensitive than usual, it could be a sign that they’ve been grinding their teeth. This tooth sensitivity can range from mild to severe and can cause discomfort or even pain when eating or drinking certain foods.
Your child is anxious or fidgety during the day.
Children who grind their teeth at night may become anxious or fidgety during the day as a result of fatigue and lack of sleep. If your child is exhibiting these behaviors, it could be a sign that they’re grinding their teeth at night.
Your child can’t sleep comfortably due to problems with their jaw.
If your child is unable to comfortably rest their jaw at night due to pain or discomfort, this could be a sign that they’re grinding their teeth. Jaw clenching and grinding can cause the muscles in the area to become tense and painful, making it difficult for them to relax.
You hear unusual noises when your child is sleeping.
If you notice any grinding, clicking, or other unusual noises coming from your child’s bedroom at night, this could be a sign that they’re grinding their teeth.