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If a child is experiencing gnashing of teeth

Dantų griežimas arba bruksizmas

If a child gnashes his teeth occasionally when milk teeth or permanent teeth germinate, jaw grows, it is quite normal, this is a physiological process and there is no need to anything. When permanent jawbone forms, this phenomenon resolves itself. However, if gnashing of teeth begins to weary, you have to look for reasons.


Bruxism or gnashing of teeth at night – is a common cause of emotional stress and anxiety, so if your child is experiencing gnashing of teeth:

* Encourage his physical activity, because physical exercises relax muscles, relieve stress.

* Do not allow your child to romp, play active games one hour before bedtime. Muscles need time to relax, so better engage him in any quiet activities, e.g. speak, read, and list a book together.

* Before going to bed, talk to your child how he is doing, how was his day, find out what excites him, worries. After he talks to you, he will calm down and relax.

* One hour before sleep, do not let the baby eat, only drink water.

* Frequent reason for gnashing of teeth occurs due to overwork, so try to put your child to bed earlier.


If your child complains of pain in the jaw in the morning, put on a washcloth soaked in warm water until the pain subsides.


Bruxism causes may include other:

* Incorrect bite.

* Inappropriate diet, deficiency of magnesium and vitamin B5.

* Medications, allergic reactions, and history of certain diseases.


In any case it is best to consult with a dentist.


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