Night Guards

Pediatric Dental Treatment for Bruxism, Clenching, & Grinding in Glen Ellyn

Keeping kids' teeth healthy and strong is a major part of the care we provide at DPD Smiles, but the truth is, healthy teeth are just one part of overall dental health. As a premier children's dentist serving patients throughout the Glen Ellyn area, we're proud to provide a wide variety of pediatric dental treatments in a fun, friendly, and welcoming office environment, and we have the skills and knowledge to make every visit a good one. In addition to taking care of teeth and protecting them from decay, we also want to keep your child's entire mouth healthy – and in many cases, that means protecting against damage from nightly grinding or clenching.

Why Do Children Clench or Grind Their Teeth?

Unconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep, also called bruxism, is a problem many adults know well – but it's surprisingly common in children, too. Nightly grinding commonly occurs in kids under age 11, affecting 2 or 3 out of every 10 children. Scientists aren't sure what exactly causes bruxism, but it may be any combination of stress, a hyperactive disorder, improper orthodontic alignment, or may not even have a definite cause. In any case, it's a very common condition that's usually harmless, but can cause dental problems.

Treating Childhood Bruxism in Glen Ellyn

If bruxism is severe enough, it can wear down the teeth, stress the jaws, or cause TMJ pain or headaches. Thankfully, bruxism is very easy to treat with a Sova Night Guard.

A Sova Night Guard is a specially designed oral appliance that protects teeth from bruxism, spreading the pressure of the biting throughout every part of the mouth and tooth surface and preventing dental damage. Sova Night Guards are strong, durable, and easy to custom-fit to each child, making it both an easy and effective treatment for kids with bruxism. We can fit your child for a mouthguard with just one appointment, and treating the bruxism is as simple as wearing the mouthguard every night.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Glen Ellyn, IL Pediatric Dentist

Bruxism can be a painful condition that wears the teeth down over time, but with treatment, it's nothing to worry about. If you think your child may be suffering from bruxism, we can diagnose them with a quick, simple evaluation appointment. Feel free to call us at 630-469-7696 or reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or if you'd like to go ahead and schedule a checkup for your child, you can do so using our easy online form. We look forward to helping your child develop a healthy smile that'll last them a lifetime!