Does Your Child Have Bruxism and How to Treat it?

Bruxism or teeth grinding is surprisingly common in children, 3 out of 10 kids have it. Most of them outgrow the condition, but in the meantime it can cause trouble in other aspects of child health. Here’s what you should know about bruxism both before your realize your kid has it and after.

What is it?

Bruxism is a condition in which you, consciously or not, grind your teeth during the night (sleep bruxism) or you clench them together during the day. Sleep bruxism is considered to be sleep- related movement disorder like restless legs syndrome (RLS). Those who have it are more likely to have other similar disorders like snoring and sleep apnea.

Causes of Bruxism?

Causes of bruxism are not sufficiently understood, and they can vary from case to case. There are theories that disturbance in sleep patterns can be the cause in younger children. Also bruxism can occur when child is experiencing pain and is too young to express it. In children above 6 usually grind their teeth as a response to stress (because this period in life is marked by change and increasing social interaction outside the family. In some cases bruxism is byproduct of hyperactivity or reaction to some common medications.


How to know your child has it?

Diagnosing bruxism can be difficult, because it’s an involuntary action and it usually happens at night. Check on your kids periodically during the night, and check their teeth during the day. You can also ask an older sibling to pay attention to grinding noises if they share a room.

If grinding continues for a longer period of time, your child will experience other more noticeable symptoms such as jaw pain, pain while chewing, increased tooth sensitivity, fractured, chipped or loose teeth and least likely worn tooth enamel (exposing deeper layers of a tooth).

It’s also a good idea to be prepared for the possibility of your kid developing bruxism during a stressful period (like moving or starting school). Talk to them about the experience, ask them if they are angry or worried about something in particular.

What if they have it?

If there are reasons to believe your kid has bruxism schedule a checkup at dental health care professional like dentist in Chatswood for a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan. Dentist will determine the damages caused to the tooth enamel. It’s important to convey to your dentist when did you noticed the grinding, because the longer the condition continues, the more damage it does your kids teeth. In most cases the dentist will recommend using a night guard or a mouth splint. This devices wears off if they’re used for longer periods of time and need to be changed (they usually last a year). Damage made to the teeth can be managed by using battery powered toothbrushes and toothpaste specially suited for children with bruxism.

This should also be accompanied by muscle relaxing exercise to help with jaw or chewing pain.

It’s important to note, that bruxism is not just a dental, but also a nervous condition and removing the root cause of grinding is as important as dental care. First of all you should provide a stable sleeping pattern for your kid and remove any sources of bright light from a room during the night. Relaxing bath or music before going to bed should also help.

Most of all if your kid is going through a stressful time, it should be able to confide in you, and you should provide emotional support

Bruxism is fairly common and curable condition .Once you’re sure your kid has it, tackle it from both dental and psychological perspective and everything should be fine.

Top Five Scriptures for Families

In this article we are going to look at five Scriptures that apply directly to families. Let’s take a look.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15, KJV

Joshua made a commitment here: regardless of what anyone else might choose to do, his family would serve the Lord. As the head of his household, he decided the path that his family would take. He chose to lead his family in way that would be pleasing to the Lord, making sure they were taught in accordance with what he knew of the will of God, and that he lived accordingly. In a nutshell, Joshua threw the doors of his home open to God, willing to remove anything that displeased the Lord and filling it with things like praise, worship, Bible reading, devotions, and godly living.

Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12, KJV

This scripture is directed at the children. Whether you like your parents or not, whether you think they are worthy or not, the Bible says that you are to honor them. That honor doesn’t just extend until you leave home, but is something you practice for the rest of your life. Treat them with the highest respect, and you will find that God will bless you.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV

As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your family about the Lord, about right from wrong, about the world and the powers of darkness, and about how to live right. This means far more than just taking your family to church and Sunday school. It means being an example to your family. It implies living the best way you know how, and repenting when you fail. It means not saying one thing and doing, or living one way on Sunday and another on Saturday. It is a consistent lifestyle. Sometimes it might seem that all your attempts to raise your children correctly fail, but sometimes it does take years for that training to sink in. The word of God promises that if you will raise your children right, they won’t ever forget what you taught them.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4, KJV

This is another reminder for parents: don’t subject your children to unrealistic expectations. An incredible amount of anger and hostility can be built up in the heart of a young person when they can never seem to please their parents, or nothing they do ever seems good enough. The Lord never asks of us what He won’t provide us the grace to do, and we should never expect more of others than what they can do.

But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:6-9, KJV

The family unit of is utmost importance to the Lord, and He desires to see families, and couples, stay together. Whenever you pray for your family, seeking the Lord to bring unity and peace, know that you are indeed praying in the will of God. He is on your side!

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

Homeschooling While Single? Absolutely!

Single parents are not left out of the homeschooling equation. In fact, many homeschoolers are single moms (though dad’s can do it, too!) that are making this seemingly impossible task work for their family on a daily basis. Though it is absolutely possible, that does not mean easy, and there is no doubt that homeschooling as a single parent presents difficulties and obstacles that a two parent household doesn’t face to the same degree, but if you are certain that it is the right choice, then you can feel good about taking the plunge, knowing that all across the country other single parents are successfully doing the same.

Financial concerns are likely the most daunting hurdle to get past when considering homeschooling. If your children are too young to be left alone, the matter is further complicated. But, there are local homeschool coops and other single homeschool moms out there in your community that can help support you in your efforts. Maybe you work a part time job a few mornings a week. Don’t hesitate to lean on your family and friends that may be available to watch your kids those few hours, and especially other moms that will jump at the chance for you to watch their kids during their own working hours. Community and support are key here, and are one of the greatest blessings of the homeschool world.

Working from home is a great option for income, be it as a medical transcriptionist, blogger, or real estate agent, there are countless ways for an individual to work and support a family from home. Again, it may not be easy, but nothing about raising kids and being a good parent is, yet somehow you find a way. There is a way here, too.

Maybe you have junior high or high school aged kids for whom public school is no longer working. The learning environment may not be the best for them, or they could be victims of bullying and hurtful behavior. At those ages, your kids can likely be trusted to work independently for longer periods of time that will allow you more freedom in working. You can homeschool in the evenings, or otherwise schedule around your working hours.

Parenthood is tough. Single parenthood is extra tough. There is no way around either of those two facts. A single parent struggling to make ends meet may laugh at the thought of working less and homeschooling their children, but don’t let all of the “what if’s” discourage you. Reach out to your family, your church family, and to other single moms and homeschool moms alike. There is a vast support network out there that is likely ready and more than willing to help you on this journey. Just don’t let fear hold you back from doing what you know in your heart is the right thing. Every leap of faith is preceded by some degree of fear, but if you never try and go for it you will never reap the abundant rewards.

For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.

3 Fair Trade Products That Can Help You Make a Difference

In the last few years, the importance of ethical trade practices and standards have come to light in the public consciousness. Many of the brands that are available in western retail locations profit from the exploitation of cheap foreign labor and goods, a practice that has led to slowed worldwide development and the continued poverty of many developing nations. In order to combat these injustices, the best way for a consumer to make their voice heard is to speak with their patronage. Here are 3 examples of fair trade products brands that are openly committed to the enforcement of fair trade practices.

fair trade products

1. Tompkins Point Polo Shirts

This apparel brand is the first in the United States that was officially certified to be fair trade. It sources all of its materials and labor from small factories and farms, and is dedicated to ensuring that a fair wage is always paid. In addition, Tompkins Point has pledged that 25% of its profits will always go to charity.

This brand is well renowned for its classic, business casual appropriate styles. The standout product is its breezily stylish polo shirts, which come complete with classic logo embroidery on the chest. It comes in a wide variety of colors, and is sure to please with its high quality textiles and solid construction.

2. Green & Black’s Chocolate

Green & Black’s is a brand that boasts great oversight on every step of its chocolate making process, from bean growth to packaging. This ensures that fair trade is active in every part of the chain.

This choclatier offers options that are sure to satisfy even the most persnickety chocolate snob. This includes bars with a wide variety of different cacao percentages, as well as bars that only contain cacao beans from particular growing regions. Each locality produces beans that differ in subtle but important ways flavor wise, and a sampling of different Green & Black’s bars is one of the easiest ways to take a trip around the world.

3. Tree Top Juice

Juice is a product that is often neglected when free trade certification is brought up, as it is usually assumed that fruit is largely produced domestically. The dropping costs of worldwide shipping means that in the modern day this is not necessarily the case.

Tree Top Juice offers a wide variety of juice types, all made with fruit that is certified fair trade. They produce standard flavors, like apple and orange, as well as more exotic fare. Take a trip to the tropics with pineapple juice, or treat yourself to a tasty antioxidant blast with berry juice.

In the end, it is impossible to end unfair trade practices without the aid of policy. It is important to express advocacy of fair trade, whether it be with participation in protests, the signing of petitions, or with appropriate voting. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt to make sure that you are not feeding a harmful system. By buying certified free trade products, you can get quality goods without paying companies that participate in unfair trading.

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What is Attachment Parenting?

Attachment parenting is a parenting philosophy that has gained the attention of new parents with vocal celebrity advocates including Mayim Bialik (actress from Big Bang Theory) and Alanis Morissette (solo singer Jagged Little Pill). What is the philosophy behind this style?

Dr. William Sears is the pediatrician who came up with the phrase “attachment parenting” based on the developmental psychology theory in which the child needs to form a secure attachment with the parent during the critical period of six months to two or three years. This period is when babies exhibit signs of separation anxiety. When children feel neglected or insecure, it can lead to a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, or eating disorders. The purpose of attachment parenting is to increase the child’s development of secure attachment through the eight principles that increase a parent’s sensitivity to their infants needs.

Attachment Parenting

The Eight Principles of Attachment Parenting, as identified by Attachment Parenting International, are:

  1. Preparing for pregnancy, birth, and parenting

  2. Breastfeeding is feeding with love and respect

  3. Respond with sensitivity as expressions of emotions (positive and negative) are efforts at communication

  4. Use nurturing touch such as skin-to-skin touching and baby-wearing

  5. Engage in nighttime parenting such as co-sleeping arrangements

  6. Provide constant, loving care

  7. Practice positive discipline with techniques including distract, redirect, and guiding.

  8. Strive for balance in personal and family life, such as a support network and a healthy lifestyle

Parents have interpreted these principles in different ways, with some more extreme methods under scrutiny in mainstream society. Criticisms include concerns with co-sleeping and SIDS as well as a lack of conclusive research that the attachment parenting is better than other methods including traditional parenting practices.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.