The Causes and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can affect anyone, but it is most common in children. Also called bruxism, children usually grow out of the habit around the same time as they lose their baby teeth.

Key takeaways:

• Stress, anxiety and depression are linked to bruxism in older children and adults.

• Symptoms include worn or chipped teeth, worn enamel, a sore jaw and headaches.

• A dentist may recommend wearing a protective mouthguard overnight, a time when many people grind their teeth.

“In many children, bruxism is their natural reaction to growth and development. These cases can’t be prevented. But stress-related teeth grinding in children and adults can be avoided. Setting a calming bedtime routine is the first step you can take to avoid teeth grinding.”

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