Dr. Timothy J. Dunn and Dr. April J. Castro, Bethesda MD Dentist  
Grinding Teeth

What is Bruxism?

worn teethGrinding of teeth, also known as Bruxism, occurs in children as well as adults. Grinding of teeth generally occurs during sleep.

What if my Child is Grinding His or Her Teeth?

Children often grind their teeth when their teeth are erupting. This is not uncommon, nor is it a problem if it is mild. However, in more severe cases the child can develop a malocclusion. Malocclusion may then lead to TMJ problems or to a need for Orthodontics. If you have any concerns about your child's grinding of teeth, be sure to have Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro check for signs of excessive wear so that treatment options can be discussed and implemented to prevent serious problems.

What about Bruxism in Adults?

Adults may grind their teeth at night due to:

The result of bruxism can be:

How can Bruxism be Cured?

Sometimes, the damage caused by bruxism must be addressed first. Any malocclusion, sensitivity, brittle teeth, or TMJ problems should be discussed with Dr. Dunn or Dr. Castro first to be sure those problems are resolved and that the subsequent cure for bruxism prevents a recurrence of those problems. Bruxism itself can easily be cured with a simple mouth guard that is worn during sleep. This guard is comfortable and easy to become accustomed to. Contact Us for an appointment to stop the damage caused by bruxism and correct any serious problems.