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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Teeth grinding among children, especially during sleep, is a common observation. In case of infants, one need not bother about it.
In older children, it may be a manifestation of disturbing dreams, pent up tension and aggression. Apart from this, bruxism may occur in mental retardation and in unconscious patients, more so those suffering from meningitis or encephalitis.

Treatment consist in improving the environmental situation responsible for the tension and conflict. Attempts should be made to make bedtime more enjoyable and relaxed.

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