Why do people with Down Syndrome grind their teeth while awake?

I recently started working in a daycare in which their are two children with Down Syndrome in my room. I have noticed that they both grind their teeth while they are awake. Why is this? Teeth grinding is usually a sleeping thing. Is it related to having Down Syndrome?

Answer #1

Thats a good question. I have a son who is about to turn 4 and he has Autism, he has no Down Syndrome, but he does grind his teeth constantly!!! Our therapist told me that it has to do with his sensory stimulation. Something to do with the way it feels inside of there head, you know, the vibrations and sound are magnified to them. I can’t say that it is the exact same reason, but I bet it is similar. Hope that helps atleast a little!:)

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