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Tooth grinding ‘more prevalent in children who are bullied’

18th July 2017

Tooth grinding in children could be seen as a telltale sign that the youngster is a victim of bullying, according to new research.

Published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, the study indicated that 65 percent of teenagers who were subjected to verbal bullying in school suffered from sleep bruxism, or nighttime tooth grinding, compared to only 17 percent those who were not bullied.

Sleep bruxism is also a serious oral health issue in and of itself, as it can lead to migraines, sensitive, worn or damaged teeth, tooth loss and severe oral pain if left unaddressed over time.

Responding to the research, the Oral Health Foundation has called upon parents, carers and schools to take note of students complaining of oral health problems and symptoms related to bruxism, as it could be a sign that they are experiencing some form of victimisation.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive officer of the Oral Health Foundation, said: "Grinding teeth may not sound like priority within the wider picture, but it could prove to give a vital insight into a child's state of mind and could be an important sign for us to identify bullying at an earlier stage."

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