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THE PRESCHOOL GRIND

W

hile it is common for the jaw to contract during sleep, very
strong contractions result in the grinding or clenching of
teeth known as “bruxism.” This stress- and anxiety-related behavior
is most common in children. About 14% to 17% of children grind
their teeth, often beginning as soon as their upper and lower teeth emerge through their
gums. Around one-third of children with bruxism will still have it when they are adults. It is
important for parents to know that tooth grinding is associated with preschool adjustments
characterized by withdrawn behavior. Consequently, parents of young bruxers may want to
check to see if life events or pressure at school may be promoting tooth grinding.
Now is the perfect time to address any concerns you may have about the health of
your child’s teeth and gums. At the office of RICHARD SEIDLER, D.D.S. – FAMILY
DENTISTRY, our philosophy is not only to treat dental needs, but more importantly,
to educate our patients on preventing future problems. To this end, our mission is to
provide open and free communication and the highest standard of personalized care in
an environment of health, mutual understanding, and respect. We have office hours by
appointment at 5000 Main St. at South Colony Boulevard, Suite 206, The Colony. Please
call 972-625-2222.
P.S. Regular dental checkups can help identify
unrecognized cases of bruxism among both children and
adults. Quick action can help prevent tooth wear and
breakage.

972.625.2222

www.DrRichardSeidler.com

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