Growing pains are a norm in most kids and it does include some pain in the jaws especially during growth spurts (a sudden change in height
or shoe size is a good indicator of a growth spurt). During growth and development, literature has found an increased frequency of hypermobile joints in the body (https://www.
Consultation with pediatric dentist or an orofacial pain specialist is indicated if the jaw pain is constant, jaw locking occurs frequently, or if jaw discomfort interrupts day to day function, eating or sleep. The pediatrician or primary physician should be consulted initially of more than one joint exhibit hypermobility.
It is critical to consider the pros and cons of different treatment approaches in pediatric patienst. Oral appliances or mouth guards are the mainstay of treatment in TMJ disorders but they could hinder normal growth and development in pediatric dentist. Furthermore, oral appliances do have the potential to cause changes in the dental bite which can be pronounced in these patients.
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