High levels of stress may be causing more teens to grind their teeth while they are asleep, a habit of which they may be unaware, according to a recent article published by the Globe and Mail.
The formal name for this type of condition is bruxism, the newspaper explained. To help patients avoid the harmful effects of grinding, some dentists prescribe mouthguards to wear during the night.
"I'm prescribing more night guards today than in the eighties and nineties. A big concern is the amount of juice, pop and Gatorade that kids are drinking these days. Bruxism and acid wear together can be a double whammy," dentist Clive Friedman told the news provider.
Furthermore, pediatric dentist Barry Rubinoff informed the news source that teeth grinding is a stress-releasing mechanism and is especially prevalent among autistic children and people with sleep disorders.
The American Dental Association states that kids who suffer from bruxism seek other methods of stress release, including meditation, counseling or muscle relaxants. Prolonged teeth grinding may result in tooth fractures, frequent headaches or jaw problems, the organization notes.
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