Teeth-grinding has been linked to bullying and serious life-long issues.
The recent studies show that teens who grind their teeth were/are being tormented at school. It’s an interesting sign that parents and schools should pay attention to. Teeth grinding (bruxism), in itself, can be the main cause of headaches, teeth problem and irregular sleeping patterns. It might ruin a person’s well-being, in the long run, researchers say. It also appears to be more prevalent than ever.
Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?
- Studies show that teens (thirteen to fifteen years old) who were physical/verbal bullied at school are four times more likely to experience bruxism during the night. Obviously, it’s easy to overlook something as simple as that. Bruxism doesn’t seem like something serious, but it could give a parent insight into their child’s psyche and maybe give them a glimpse of the kid’s social life. Bruxism, of course, is a coping mechanism, because the child is so used to being stressed out and alert. Grinding teeth means the child is always ready to get “attacked”.
- This seemingly harmless habit can cause some serious problems in the long run, both dental and not dental. The teens may experience intense pain in face and jaw for seemingly no reason later in their lives. The good news is that there are all sorts of treatments available for this problem. After a visit to a dentist, you can get a dental appliance called a guard – it’s made of plastic, fits your teeth and stops the bruxism.
Bullying, obviously, is a more serious cause for concern, it’s an entirely different subject, as well. With adults, lifestyle changes can help with the grinding – quit smoking, cut back on alcohol consumption and lead a less stressful life.