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Bruxism is the clenching or grinding of the teeth with no functional purpose. That is, the teeth collide with each other in a normal way during chewing and swallowing, that is, with a purpose, for something.
It is a fact that many young children grind or clench their teeth at night. Are they doing it for something, for some reason, or is it just a 'vice', a bad habit? First, we have to realize one thing: the baby teeth are going because the permanent ones are going to come out. The position of the milk teeth will largely depend on the position of the final teeth. We tell you how bruxism affects children.
The baby teeth erupt and have their sharp edges the incisors, their sharp tips the canines and their cusps and grooves, that is, irregular surfaces to increase the efficiency when grinding the food the molars. But if we look at what children's teeth look like when they fall out, neither have edges nor points nor irregularities. They have been polished and smoothed with use. A baby tooth that has functioned normally flattens considerably, with more than a third of the tooth's height being lost in that flattening. And this happens in the course of a few years, without the need to grind ... in principle.
The teeth, due to their anatomy, are 'designed' to break up food. But what foods? Purees, porridges, yogurts, sliced bread, croquettes, macaroni, bananas, cookies? If the work of the teeth is done by cooking food, the knife and the food processor, the teeth no longer do it: neither the incisors cut nor the canines tear nor the molars grind, neither the muscles increase in size nor the bones are calcified as is ideal. What happens then? Well what nature needs teeth to wear out, that the mouth as a whole works. Is this when bruxism can occur in children?
The rubbing caused by wear and tear will also cause the jaw, which is pushed back at birth so that the baby passes through the birth canal, to reposition itself in a more advanced position. This position is achieved by rubbing one dental arch against another. And if it is not done eating, it will be done at night grinding.
Therefore for a child to grind their teeth is usually perfectly 'normal'. Some at first because of the novelty of having hard things that come out of their gums, the scarce four teeth they have collide. When the grinding wheels already have the grinding we see that it does have a functional purpose. Therefore we cannot speak of bruxism.
And if it is normal, it does not require treatment. The best treatment is to provide the child with a hard, dry, and fibrous diet, with which the mouth works and gets 'tired'. In any case, if it is observed that the teeth are worn on one side more than the other, or that there are headaches or dental fractures, then it is necessary to consult with the pediatric dentist.
And no, gnashing of teeth does not mean that the child has worms.
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