Bruxism in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy

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Sara Maria Silva
Renata Asfor Rocha Carvalho Martins
Thyciana Rodrigues Ribeiro


This study aims to summarize the existing evidence from primary studies in order to answer the following question: "are children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) frequently affected by bruxism?". For such, databases Web of Science, Medline (via PubMed), Lilacs, SciELO, Scopus and Wiley Online Library were used, with the keywords “Cerebral Palsy” and “Bruxism” alone and in combination, without the restriction of the publication date. The search included all articles published until May 2020. A total of 229 publications were found, of which 12 were selected, after careful analysis. Retrospective data analyses, cross-sectional studies and observational case-control studies published in English and with samples composed of children and/or adolescents were included. Case reports, literature reviews and studies whose sample consisted of adults-only were excluded. In the evaluated studies, bruxism was present in all samples with cerebral palsy. However, oral signs and symptoms resulting from this parafunction were reported only in three studies, in which the presence of dental wear and pain was evaluated. Therefore, bruxism in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy is a frequent oral condition, however, knowledge about the associated and risk factors for the occurrence of this problem in these patients remains limited.


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Silva, S. M., Martins, R. A. R. C., & Ribeiro, T. R. (2021). Bruxism in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. ABCS Health Sciences, 46, e021308.
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Sara Maria Silva, Federal University of Ceara

Department of Dental Clinic

Renata Asfor Rocha Carvalho Martins, Federal University of Ceara

Department of Dental Clinic

Thyciana Rodrigues Ribeiro, Federal University of Ceara

Department of Dental Clinic, Faculty of Dentistry, Federal University of Ceará.


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