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Teeth Grinding and Clenching in Children: Is it a Problem?

If your child grinds or clenches their teeth when they sleep, it can cause a reasonable concern for you as a parent. While the problem is not something you need to rush to the emergency room for, it is something that needs to be monitored and looked at by a dentist. Grinding or clenching one’s teeth is known as a condition called bruxism. This is a somewhat common condition in children as fifteen to thirty-three percent of children are affected by it. However, the good news is that most children grow out of it.

What Causes Bruxism?

While the cause is not completely clear, experts have determined a number of factors that may contribute to why your child is experiencing bruxism. Below you will find some of the most common factors that can lead to bruxism.

  • Misaligned Teeth: For children whose top and bottom teeth are not aligned, they may end up grinding their teeth during their sleep.
  • Pain: Grinding one’s teeth can also be a response to pain from an earache or due to teething. This may ease the pain, just like rubbing a sore muscle.
  • Stress: Nerves and tension can cause children to grind their teeth during their sleep. Whether it’s a test at school or something else that is causing them anxiety, the tense energy may result in clenching and teeth grinding.

Signs and Symptoms

There are several signs and symptoms of bruxism, with teeth grinding at night being the most common. However, some other indicators point towards your child having bruxism. If your child complains about having a sore jaw or face after they wake up in the morning, it could be caused by bruxism. Another indicator is if your child has issues with chewing, including pain and tenderness.

What are the Effects of Bruxism?

While some cases of bruxism can be completely harmless, others may cause more issues for your child. Below are some of the effects of bruxism that will likely require a trip to the dentist.

  • Headaches or Earaches: Grinding and tension can cause headaches or earaches.
  • Damage to Teeth: If the grinding is really bad, it can sometimes wear down your child’s tooth enamel or chip their teeth.
  • Jaw Problems: If the clenching and grinding get bad enough, it can cause severe pain in your child’s face and jaw. It can also lead to TMJ in some of the more severe cases.While most children have little to no negative effects from their bruxism, it’s essential to keep an eye on the issue and visit the dentist if you are concerned.

Treatment Options

Children already need their regular dental checkups every six months. So, you can bring any issues up with the dentist at that appointment. If you are concerned outside of the routine checkup time, set up an appointment with the dentist just to be safe. They will be able to diagnose the issues and provide treatment options if necessary.

Again, while many children outgrow bruxism, there is a small subset that may need treatment to get through it. Dentists can provide children with a unique nightguard that can quickly address the grinding and clenching caused by bruxism. The night guard is molded to your child’s teeth and is very similar to the protective mouthpieces worn by athletes. It will likely take some time getting used to, but it dramatically improves the effects of the condition.

Dentists in Hollywood

If you are concerned your child may be suffering from bruxism, contact Dr. Rhonda at Glo Modern Dentistry. Dr. Rhonda Kalasho is one of the most trusted and highly reputable dentists in the area. She has been trained at one of the nation’s top universities, UCLA.

If you are concerned about your child’s teeth, need a cleaning, or have any dental questions, contact Dr. Rhonda Kalasho and her team at Glo Modern Dentistry today!

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Corbin Coyle
1701736117
Staff is amazingly friendly and they have the top tools for everything your teeth may need
Natalie Callaghan
Natalie Callaghan
1701731174
I found Dr. Kalasho a few years ago, and have been going to see her ever since. Everyone at her office is helpful and professional, from the front desk staff, to the dental hygienists. The office is exceptionally clean and feels like a spa. It's the most relaxed I've ever felt having a tooth filled. They're always up front about the cost of any procedure, and will take time talking to you about their recommendations. You really can't beat this level of care, and they take insurance!
Susan Rimel
Susan Rimel
1701720235
What an amazing office! Like most people the dentist isn’t a fun place but I had no hesitation making my next appointment. The ladies are so friendly and make sure you’re comfortable (headphone or TV!) and knowledgeable through the entire process.
Kareema Thomas
Kareema Thomas
1701464331
I have been to Dr. Kalasho’s office now three times and every time is a pleasant experience. From the front desk staff, to Nora my dental hygienist, to the wonderful staff of doctors - this place always makes me feel comfortable when it comes to my dental health. Nora and staff always go above and beyond to ensure I understand my treatment plan and provide options when considering my goals. More importantly they are incredibly professional and very easy to talk to. This will always be my preferred dental office so long as I live in Los Angeles.
Katherine Rivas
Katherine Rivas
1701449064
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Aram Brown
1701286572
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Arash Safavi
Arash Safavi
1701214450
Brittany and Dr. Yalda are the dream team! Chipped my tooth and they got me in and took care of it ASAP. Perfect shade match. Only complaint, hard to keep my mouth open when they’re making me laugh. 100% recommend!
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Basma Khalid
1701211086
I love the experience here, so helpful and informative. The whole staff was great 👍🏻
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Erica Connor
1701199463
Great dental experience and staff! Highly recommend this dental practice.
Jacob Kirby
Jacob Kirby
1700685162
I've had an amazing experience with the team at TruGlo Modern Dental. I needed a fair amount of work (several fillings, a crown + invisalign) and was struggling to find a trustworthy spot. After receiving some questionable quotes elsewhere, a coworker referenced TruGlo and I'm so happy they did! Dr. Ginsberg took care of all my fillings and set me up with an invisalign program too. They're the perfect balance of friendly and professional. Definitely the best dental experience I've ever had!Updating to say my Invisalign experience has gone very well. Currently on my last couple of trays and thrilled with the results.
Nikki Velasquez
Nikki Velasquez
1700611021
I love Dr. Kamis is wonderful and fixed my broken crown and a small cavity. She’s the best dentist ever! I also love Nora who I will see every quarter for cleaning.
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Jasmine Chou
1700609855
This place has consistently been amazing. Everyone is nice and welcoming. My experiences here have been nothing but pleasant and I always leave feeling good!
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1700605475
I’ve been to many dentists and I’m happy to say I have finally found my permanent one! Everyone has been so nice and treats me as their bestie. Not only that, my teeth have been in the best shape ever.
Nathan Chen
Nathan Chen
1700604982
Staff is always amazing at service and quality of work. Dr. Nora always makes the experience pleasant. Everything is great here. Highly recommend!!!
Joseph Blancas
Joseph Blancas
1700250104
Amazing office, great staff and top tier patient care. Nora my dental hygienist is the best in town and Dr. Kalasho is an amazing dentist with so much knowledge! You need to come here.
Bill
Bill
1700239901
Great office and staff , please go see Brittany and Dr Ginsberg, plus Diamond and Sandy getting me in and accommodating my schedule for a perfect painless visit.
Nadia Harebin
Nadia Harebin
1700172046
10/10 recommend, I’ve been to both the Hollywood and Beverly Hills location and both have been amazing. Dr. Ginsberg is so kind and patient, I always get a thorough explanation of service, and everyone is always so nice. Brittany is also the sweetest! If you have even the smallest anxiety about the dentist, this is the place for you. 2 hour parking also available in the lot across the street.
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Abdulla Kaldari
1700094793
By far, without question, the best dental clinic. Very professional, all the staff are very knowledgeable and sweet. I did a root canal treatment, two crowns, and a cleaning. Couldn’t be happier with the results. Don’t go anywhere else.
Baba Cole
Baba Cole
1699920923
Amani, Brittany, Dr. Khamis were all absolutely amazing. I was scared for my first fillings and they were extremely patient and walked me through the whole process. I couldn’t be happier!
Carolyn Kehoe
Carolyn Kehoe
1699575507
Amazing experience from start to finish!! When you arrive you are greeted with friendly smiles from Diamond and Sandy when you arrive. Positive vibes keep the comfort level on queue.**Top notch state-of-the-art dentistry. They use only the most up-to-date technology. Highly skilled, highly trained. Very impressive modern dentistry. I had a root canal with Dr Kalasho and it went very well. She is the absolute best! She has a gentle touch and walks you thru every step. She and Dental Assistant Andrew really care about your comfort level and constantly check in with you.Part 2 for my crown with Dr. Ginsberg and Dental Assistant Andrae was incredible - they are a great duo. From the minute I sat in the chair I was made to feel supported and comfortable. They constantly check in on you and have the most gentle touch.***I highly recommend this office for all of your dental needs. I am very happy! And you can be too, come here!
Emily Evans
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1699476173
Best team and best dentist in LA!
Monica Toland
Monica Toland
1699466514
I came to TruGlo earlier this year for an emergency extraction - Dr. Kalasho addressed my concern immediately and I saw improvement right away. Since then, I’ve been doing a treatment plan that is getting my teeth on the right track. The office is always clean and beautiful, and most importantly the Doctors and Staff are all incredible.They are clear, communicative and friendly, always making the visit as easy as possible. Thank you TruGlo Dentistry for always following through on your commitments!
Christine Riccio
Christine Riccio
1699398124
I am a super anxious dentist-goer and they’re so accommodating at TruGlo and always put me at ease.
Mark
Mark
1699299615
Thank you for the awesome work done this place is the best
Michelle Garcia
Michelle Garcia
1698884937
Amazing service. Loved how much they care about you! Thank you Brittany, Misha, and all the administrators there too. Doctor Yalda was the best dentist!
Alicia Forrest
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I’ve been going here for many years. I moved out of state in 2021 and still make an effort to come down every 6 months for cleanings. They really know their stuff and use the best modern tech. You are in good hands here! Highly recommend.
Arode Lon
Arode Lon
1698805073
Such a great dental practice!!! everyone is so nice and welcoming and give great service. I will definitely keep coming here to get my dental work.
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F. Vazquez
1698683622
Great patient services. The front desk personnel are very attentive and courteous. The Dr’s are both professional and gentle….
Jascmeen Bush
Jascmeen Bush
1698434725
I’ve been coming to TruGlo for years, both locations, the staff is so friendly and gentle I wouldn’t go anywhere else :)
Mackenzie Dipman
Mackenzie Dipman
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I cannot say enough good things about my experience at TruGlo🤩 as someone who has always dreaded going to the dentist they have completely changed my mind! Everyone in the office is so friendly from the moment you walk in. They also take the time to explain the status of your teeth/gums in a way no dentist ever has before for me. And they even let you watch Netflix during your cleaning! 10/10 recommend to everyone.
Invest In You
Invest In You
1698421220
Amazing service
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Nessa Neal
1698375013
I had a really great experience at this dental office , Doctor Yalda was really great. Brittany was a big help as well !!
Rama Samaro
Rama Samaro
1698347684
I have no complains for this practice. It was amazing! I had such a good experience, and everyone was super friendly and helpful. it was very clean and organized, and I absolutely love coming here!!!
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Narek Divanyan
1698343351
Recently moved to Los Angeles and started coming here for my routine cleanings. The staff is unbelievably friendly, the office is clean, and the work has always been high quality. Overall a great practice
Temilola Bassey
Temilola Bassey
1698188327
Amazing service, very friendly! Everyone clearly knows what they’re doing here!
Burke Roberts
Burke Roberts
1698126130
Doctor Kalasho has always gone out of her way to be attentive and make time for my (sometimes emergency) needs, promptly. Also the entire office has a great energetic vibe. One can feel that the GLOMD team are not only good at what they're doing, but that they genuinely enjoy their work.👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Elena Zegarra
Elena Zegarra
1698090715
Love Dr. Rhonda Kalasho best dentist I have been too. Her and her staff are amazing.
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Lauren Polizzi
1697828415
Everyone at TruGlo Dental is super helpful and friendly, and put me at ease through my whole procedure - and that's saying something!
Tiarra Hughes
Tiarra Hughes
1697822456
Very friendly and supportive staff. I will be back!
Nicole DuBois
Nicole DuBois
1697739504
I’ve been coming here for years! Rhonda is amazing, the staff is amazing and I always feel I’m in good hands.
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Iman Ghanizada
1697736330
Advanced, state of the art practice with the best team. Most importantly, I trust their direction. Highly recommend!
Dawn Richard
Dawn Richard
1697482063
I love Them so muchhhhh. Best Dentistry ever. Dr. Yalda is BOMB and Brittany is that Girl!
Filip Mietka
Filip Mietka
1697220540
I am a new patient and had a great experience today with my first cleaning/xrays. Everyone is very friendly and professional. Great equipment as well
Sandy Nguyen
Sandy Nguyen
1697130453
It’s more than just a dental office. I feel like all the staff here care for your whole well being. I’ve always been scared of dental work because of the cost and how other dentists have made me feel ashamed and guilty for my bad teeth. The TruGlo team made me feel informed and gave me peace of mind.
Alpha Society
Alpha Society
1696551461
Staff are excellent service is class AThanks guys
Eric Burton
Eric Burton
1696182280
Amazing team of professionals!
Koresha Johnson
Koresha Johnson
1696023837
Beautiful office, kind and caring staff, answered ALL my questions quickly and thoroughly. Diamond even went the extra mile and verified that our insurance plan was compatible and that we wouldn’t have too much trouble getting seen. Best experience with a dental office in a great while.
Ren G
Ren G
1696013893
The staff is friendly and professional . Everyone is extremely meticulous in their respective role . Communication was clear and to the point . Definitely moving forward !
Randall Castillo
Randall Castillo
1695937679
Not enough good things to say about this practice. Clean, updated facilities with a welcoming vibe, incredibly knowledgeable doctors and hygienists who do excellent work, and the friendliest staff. Dr. Khalasho is the best dentist I've ever had, hands down. I've been coming here for several years, including their Hollywood location before this one opened, and I'll never go anywhere else as long as I'm in LA.
Nicholas Giuricich
Nicholas Giuricich
1695937349
Been going here for nearly four years, and they are the best dental service I’ve had in my life. Incredibly professional, thorough, and so friendly. State of the art equip too. I can’t recommend this place enough!
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