Evaluation of relationship between Enterobius vermicularis infection and bruxism in children

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Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):61-72

Evaluation of relationship between Enterobius vermicularis infection and bruxism in children

OrcidÖzge Şentürk1, Orcid Kadriye Görkem Ulu Güzel2✉, Orcid Yavuz Tokgöz3


1. Pediatric Dentist, Private Dental Clinic, Bursa, Turkey
2. Assoc. Prof. Dr., Aydın Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Dentistry Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Turkey ( Correspondence: gorkemulu@yahoo.com )
3. Assoc. Prof. Dr., University of Health Sciences Ankara Keçiören Education and Research Hospital Department of Child Gastroenterology, Turkey


The relationship between E. vermicularis and bruxism, both important health issues, was evaluated in this study, using the BiteStrip® device.

Children with E. vermicularis had more severe bruxism than children without E. vermicularis, but the difference was not statistically significant.

BiteStrip® i can be used in children, developed to determine the activity of chewing muscles in the diagnosis of bruxism. It can be used to obtain comparable objective data in studies on bruxism.


Aim: To investigate the relationship between Enterobius vermicularis infection and bruxism in children. Methods: Twenty-six children (aged 3–10 years), who were systemically healthy, showed teeth-grinding at least once a week in the last 3 months, and applied to Aydın Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine Hospital Child Gastroenterology Clinic were recruited and allocated into two groups: positive for E. vermicularis infection (Group 1, n = 13); negative for E. vermicularis infection (Group 2, n = 13). The children were examined clinically, and a survey was administered, to be filled in by the children’s parents. BiteStrip was used to determine the level of bruxism. Results: Sixteen males (mean age: 7.3±1.6 years) and 10 females (mean age: 7.3±2.4) were included in the study. There was no significant difference between genders. Severe bruxism occurred in 46.2% and 30.8% of Groups 1 and 2, respectively. No significant correlation existed between E. vermicularis infection and BiteStrip scores. Conclusions: Enterobius vermicularis infection did not affect the occurrence of bruxism in the paediatric population evaluated.

Keywords: Bruxism, Child, Enterobius vermicularis, Parasites

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