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Teeth-Grinding Teenagers are more Likely to be Victims of Bullying, Study Says

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Bruxism affects about 6 million people in the UK — a condition marked by the excessive grinding or clenching of teeth. While adults and children grind their teeth when experiencing stress, new research published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation shows that teenagers who fall victim to bullying are more likely to grind their teeth while sleeping. The Oral Health Foundation is, therefore, urging parents to pay attention to children complaining of symptoms related to bruxism. Unaddressed, it could lead to oral health issues and damaged self-esteem.

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Teeth-Grinding Teenagers are more Likely to be Victims of Bullying, Study Says

  1. 1. Teeth-Grinding Teenagers are more Likely to be Victims of Bullying, Study Says Fresh Dental 22 Russell Court, Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0LL 020 3504 2483
  2. 2. Bruxism affects about 6 million people in the UK — a condition marked by the excessive grinding or clenching of teeth. While adults and children grind their teeth when experiencing stress, new research published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation shows that teenagers who fall victim to bullying are more likely to grind their teeth while sleeping. The Oral Health Foundation is, therefore, urging parents to pay attention to children complaining of symptoms related to bruxism. Unaddressed, it could lead to oral health issues and damaged self-esteem. Teeth Grinding: A Sign of an Underlying Problem at School The study shows that teenagers who go through verbal bullying at school have a higher risk of suffering from sleep bruxism (65%) compared to their non-bullied counterparts (17%). Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, says that bullying can have a significant physical and psychological impact on a child, resulting in trauma that could last until adulthood. Furthermore, experts compare the sound of grinding to the noise of a circular screw, and it could be damaging to people with the condition.
  3. 3. The Dental Risks of Teeth Grinding Sleep bruxism can cause several dental problems since the habitual movement is usually 40 times more powerful than chewing. The constant grinding of the upper and lower teeth can, therefore, result in worn, chipped, or cracked teeth, jaw pain and possible tooth loss. In some cases, grinders end up with frayed and flat tooth edges. Dr. Carter says that a constant headache and sore jaw are the first signs of sleep bruxism. Dental Treatment and Lifestyle Changes People may take out their stress on their gnashers, but fortunately, there is treatment available for the condition. Dentists can fit mouth guards or splints on patients, to fit their teeth together and prevent them from grinding. Furthermore, making the necessary lifestyle changes like managing stress and learning how to deal with bullying can help address the issue. Tooth grinding is a sign that adolescents may be suffering from bullying. Parents can, therefore, identify early victimisation in their children early on and address the issue at its early stages.
  4. 4. Sources: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40593028 https://www.freshdental.co.uk/ https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/967 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4703122/Teeth-grinding-teenagers-sign- bullied.html

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