A problem related to teeth?
When a child is of preschool age, night-time grinding is extremely widespread, reaching highs of even 35% of the infant population.
Recent research shows a correlation between stress, lifestyle habits, and passive smoking. In many cases, however, it is impossible to identify the causes related to the activity.
The action of tightening and grinding the teeth unknowingly at night is a pre-physiological activity in early childhood, essentially with origins that are centrally neurological. For this reason, it is not possible to alter the closure of the teeth in order to reduce the grinding activity at night.
In cases where parafunction causes excessive and dangerous consumption of milk teeth or permanent teeth that are growing, it is possible to propose the use of nighttime resin plaques to protect dental elements.
Nighttime grinding tends to diminish with age, starting at the age of 5. In some cases, it persists in adolescence or even throughout a person’s life, and may require dental protective dentures.