Why does a child gnash his teeth in a dream or in the afternoon?
If the family has a baby, parents often face a variety of problems. For example, a child happens to gnash his teeth in a dream. Let's see why this can happen, and how to deal with this phenomenon.
A child can begin to creak with teeth from the moment they appear. Parents have different attitudes to this phenomenon, which is also called bruxism in scientific literature. Some panicking, running around the doctors. And others, on the contrary, do not pay special attention, considering that the baby itself will outgrow everything with time. In fact, the danger really is. With constant strong creak in a dream, the enamel of children's teeth can be damaged, which will quickly lead to their deterioration. Experts name several reasons that cause such a night gnashing of teeth in children. Perhaps the baby is overworked during the daytime, and now he has to relieve tension in this way. It may be that he has an overbite or an occlusion on the teeth (or lack thereof, if a tooth has broken off).Another reason for which the child is gritting his teeth in a dream may be a state of muscle spasm or even dysfunction of the joints. There is also an opinion that such a violation can be inherited, that is, if one of the parents is prone to bruxism, the baby has a chance to get it too. However, the traditional view that this phenomenon is due to the presence of worms is fundamentally wrong.
And in the afternoon?
It also happens that the child grits his teeth during the day. Children can do this just by playing, trying their new teeth. They find it interesting to make new sounds. And so that while the kids do not hurt themselves, you can try to switch their attention to some other occupation. For example, to offer an interesting toy.
What to do?
As we already understood, with the phenomenon, when the child grit its teeth in a dream, it is necessary to fight. Of course, parents cannot do this on their own, so they will have to turn to specialists. This is, first of all, a neuropathologist who will exclude anxious and neurotic states (or, on the contrary, diagnose them), and a dentist who will check the bite and integrity of the teeth.Children with such a problem are recommended to chew during the day, and especially at bedtime, solid food (such as apples or carrots) so that the jaw muscles get tired and relax at night. All people instinctively grit their teeth if they are worried about any problems. And in ancient times, tightly compressed grinned teeth were a sign of aggression. Therefore, if the child gnashing his teeth in a dream, you need to try to unload it a bit during the day, to provide rest and a change of activity. New pleasant impressions can help, as well as greater expression of parental care and love.
If teeth gnashing, night or day, is rarely observed, then it may not be a serious problem. After the baby is a little unloaded from extra work, it usually passes. However, in order to preserve the health of the teeth, it is necessary to turn to specialists and make sure that there are no additional reasons for squeaking.