Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching, is a dental condition that affects all ages but is especially common in children. It involves the involuntary grinding, gnashing, or clenching of teeth, usually during sleep. While occasional teeth grinding may not be a reason for concern, persistent or severe bruxism causes detrimental effects on oral health.
This condition can lead to dental issues, including tooth sensitivity, enamel erosion, jaw pain, headaches, and, if left untreated, potentially irreversible damage to teeth and jaw structures. Understanding the causes, signs, and management of bruxism is the most effective preventative tactic, especially when looking after children.