advice we get—and give—on how to cope with stress.
If you take it literally, the result could be grinding your
teeth or clenching your jaws. It's called bruxism, and
often it happens as you sleep.
Teeth grinding can be caused not just by stress and
anxiety but by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or
teeth that are missing or crooked. The
symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- dull headaches
- jaw soreness
- teeth that are painful or loose
- fractured teeth
your teeth during sleep. In some cases, your dentist
or physician may recommend taking a muscle relaxant
before bedtime. If stress is the cause you need to
find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and
exercise can all help reduce stress and anxiety.
Teeth grinding is also common in children. However,
because their teeth and jaws change and grow so
quickly it is not usually a damaging habit that
requires treatment and most outgrow it by adolescence.
Although in adults teeth grinding is often the result of
stress, the same is not always true with children.
Other possible causes of teeth grinding in children include:
- irritation in the mouth
- misaligned teeth
ask your child’s dentist about the potential causes and,
if necessary, the possible solutions.