Bruxism (brushing your teeth)

Bruxism (brushing your teeth)


- I have a 6 year old girl who sleeps when her teeth are flailing. He does this from the age of 3 years. Please tell me something is serious or tell me where to go.


Bruxism (grinding of teeth) is a habit that consists of hitting and rubbing teeth between them.
Bruxism can occur during the day (during the day) or at night (at night).

It is an extremely common phenomenon nowadays. In adults bruxism may be a stress-related habit, but in children, bruxism seems to be related to the new sensation of having teeth. Children can grit their teeth both day and night, but we probably observe at night, because at night they brush their teeth more powerfully.

Dentists usually do not treat bruxism in young children because they do not cause long-term problems. Milk teeth last only a few years, and bruxism often disappears when all permanent teeth have erupted.

If it does not go away, the dentist will recommend the right treatment.

Bruxism in children occurs most often in the age group between 3-6 years and 10-12 years. Bruxism in children may also occur as a result of colds or ear infections. Also, children can grit their teeth and reduce their discomfort from various allergies.

Usually, bruxism disappears without affecting the final tooth in children. This habit can go unnoticed. However, most of the time it is alarming: when it causes the awakening of those close to sleep or during the day when there is an engagement in an activity that is of particular concern to the person (child or adult).

What is the cause of bruxism?

Bruxism does not have a well-defined cause, but varies from case to case, and the opinions of specialists differ. Causal links have been proven with several factors, such as:

1. Positive or negative emotional stress: a strong desire, a strong past, anger or anger, anxiety, fear, pain, frustration, discomfort. (these are often associated with family disharmony or school problems, but this is not mandatory either).
2. Lack of rest: sleep duration and the ability to relax.
3. Aggressive, perfectionist, obsessive personalities or people who are in a hurry and eager to reach a certain goal have an increased tendency to develop bruxism (especially people in management positions).
4. Occlusion disorders - teeth are not aligned properly or are erupting.
5. In the period of change of teeth-in children
6. A recent obturation or a recent prosthetic work that is "higher".
7. Partial obstruction of the airways through tonsil hypertrophy or adenoid vegetation (polyps).
8. Ear infections - in children.
Of these, it seems that changing the milk teeth with the permanent teeth, the disharmony between the growth of the maxillary bones and the eruption, the size or the number of teeth present at a given time in the buccal cavity would be the most common cause of bruxism in children.
Sign of bruxism:

  • Specific noise at bedtime, during sleep and / or day
  • Tooth wear (the edges of the teeth turn into surfaces, but other faces of the tooth may also be affected), tooth fractures or falling obturations
  • Gingival retractions or periodontal bags
  • Dental hypersensitivity to cold, hot or touch to the place where the teeth meet with the gum. There may also be lesions of the teeth.
  • Tooth mobility
  • Painful fatigue of the muscles of the face, pain in the maxillary bones, pain in the temporal-mandibular joint, pain in the ear area, possibly headache
    The treatment of bruxism
  • Your dentist can diagnose you if you suffer from bruxism and can advise you on the appropriate, individualized therapeutic modalities to stop this habit.
  • If appropriate, it will eliminate the cause by balancing the occlusion.
  • There are a variety of behavioral therapies that can be applied. Reducing the level of emotional stress can be achieved through adaptation techniques.
  • A special gutter can be made from a transparent, flexible material that is applied to the teeth and is usually worn at night. It prevents the friction of the teeth between them, thus preventing their wear.
    Mirela Comancianu
    Specialist dentist - "Alexa Dentistry" Bucharest

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