New research suggests that teeth-grinding in teens may very well be a sign that the teen is being bullied at school. The study was published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. It found that teenagers between the age of 13 and 15 who experienced verbal bullying were nearly four times as likely to suffer from teeth-grinding. The study looked at over 300 teenagers in Brazil.
Teeth-grinding can lead to headaches, worn-down teeth and disrupted sleep. Teeth-grinding at night while asleep is clinically referred to as sleep bruxism. Problems experienced as a teenager can also affect adults who are stressed or anxious. Teeth-grinding can lead to serious dental problems as teeth are worn down and chipped. Teeth become sensitive and can also cause pain in the face and jaw.
Dr Nigel Carter, from the Oral Health Foundation, commented:
“Grinding teeth may not sound like a priority within the wider picture, but it could prove to give a vital insight into a child’s state of mind and could be an important sign for us to identify bullying at an earlier stage.”