Prevalence of sleep bruxism in children: A systematic review

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Edition V19N06 | Year 2014 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 54 to 61

Eduardo Machado , Cibele Dal-fabbro , Paulo Afonso Cunali , Osvaldo Bazzan Kaizer

Introduction: Prevalence of sleep bruxism (SB) in children is subject to discussions in the literature. Objective: This study is a systematic literature review aiming to critically assess the prevalence of SB in children. Methods: Survey using the following research databases: MEDLINE, Cochrane, EMBASE, PubMed, Lilacs and BBO, from January 2000 to February 2013, focusing on studies specifically assessing the prevalence of SB in children. Results: After applying the inclusion criteria, four studies were retrieved. Among the selected articles, the prevalence rates of SB ranged from 5.9% to 49.6%, and these variations showed possible associations with the diagnostic criteria used for SB. Conclusion: There is a small number of studies with the primary objective of assessing SB in children. Additionally, there was a wide variation in the prevalence of SB in children. Thus, further, evidence-based studies with standardized and validated diagnostic criteria are necessary to assess the prevalence of SB in children more accurately.

Sleep bruxism, Bruxism, Prevalence, Child,

Machado E, Dal-Fabbro C, Cunali PA, Kaizer OB. Prevalence of sleep bruxism in children: A systematic review. Dental Press J Orthod. 2014 Nov-Dec;19(6):54-61. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2176- 9451.19.6.054-061.oar

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