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Teeth-grinding in teenagers could be a sign they are being bullied at school, research suggests.

An oral health charity said parents and schools should be aware of the problem, which can also affect adults who are stressed and anxious.

Teeth-grinding can lead to headaches, worn-down teeth and disrupted sleep - and it appears to be on the rise, experts say.

The sound of grinding has been compared to the noise from a circular saw.

A study published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation found that 13 to 15-year-olds who experienced verbal bullying at school were nearly four times as likely to suffer from teeth-grinding at night, or sleep bruxism, than other teenagers.

That equated to 65% among the bullied students, compared to 17% among the others.

The research looked at the experiences of more than 300 adolescents in Brazil.

Dr Nigel Carter, from the Oral Health Foundation, said bruxism was also something to look out for in the UK.

"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."

He said sleep bruxism could be particularly damaging - but people were often unaware they were doing it.
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Dentists' areas of care include not only their patients' teeth and gums but also the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the nervous system of the head and neck and other areas. During a comprehensive exam, dentists examine the teeth and gums, but they also look for lumps, swellings, discolorations, ulcerations — any abnormality. When appropriate, they perform procedures such as biopsies, diagnostic tests for chronic or infectious diseases, salivary gland function, and screening tests for oral cancer.

In addition, dentists can spot early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease elsewhere in the body. Dentists' training also enables them to recognize situations that warrant referring patients for care by dental specialists or physicians.
Spindel Emergency Dentists of Staten Island
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Awesome article:

Dentists Without Borders
Socialized medicine in the heart of Old Europe.

BY DAVID SEDARIS
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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency:

Here are a few things you should take into consideration when it comes to keep your teeth in perfect shape. Regular checkups – Studies have shown that most people rarely go to the dentist; especially if they don’t have an urgent pain to take care off. If you are concerned about the costs of your dentist visit take into consideration that these costs can get a lot higher in the future, if you don’t take proper care of your teeth now. Not to mention the pain; if you thi nk a trip to the dentist for a regular checkup might be painful you don’t even imagine how much more it will hurt when facing major dental problems. Prevention is always the key!
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Emergency Dentist Group in Staten Island NY www.emergencydentiststatenisland.com
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Emergencies occur at the worst possible moment. Don't wait till you get fever or an extreme swelling. Addressing your dental emergency properly can prevent life threatening facial abscesses and massive infections
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