European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 269–274 | Cite as

Electromyographic evaluation of masticatory muscles at rest and maximal intercuspal positions of the mandible in children with sleep bruxism

  • B. de L. Lucas
  • T. de S. Barbosa
  • L. J. Pereira
  • M. B. D. Gavião
  • P. M. CasteloEmail author
Original Scientific Article


In adults, sleep bruxism (SB) may be related to reports of pain or fatigue in the muscles of mastication, resulting from multiple muscle contractions that occur during the night. In children, little is known about the consequences of this parafunction.


The objective was to compare the electromyographic activity (EMG) of the masseter and anterior portion of the temporalis muscles in children with and without SB; acquisitions were made at rest (RE) and in maximal intercuspal (MI) positions of the mandible.


Twenty children with signs and symptoms of SB (mean age 7.20 years ± 0.52) and 20 controls without signs or symptoms of SB (mean age 7.40 years ± 0.50) were selected. The controls were matched to the type of occlusal morphology evaluated according to Björk et al. (Acta Odontol Scand 22:27–40, 1964). Muscle activity was measured with the mandible at RE, MI and maximal clenching with cotton roll (MC), on the left and right sides. Data from the RE and MI (mV) were normalized by calculating them as % MC. The results were analyzed by descriptive statistics, Shapiro–Wilk test, Wilcoxon and Mann–Whitney tests.


The subjects’ age did not differ significantly between groups. EMG of temporalis muscle at RE differed between the right and left sides in both groups. There was no significant difference in EMG of masseter and temporalis muscles between groups.


Children with SB showed no significant difference in EMG of masticatory muscles at RE and in MI positions of the mandible when compared with the control group.


Bruxism Sleep Masticatory muscles Children 



This research was carried out under grants from the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP, SP, Brazil, n. 2006/06338-0 and 2007/05760-2).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. de L. Lucas
    • 1
  • T. de S. Barbosa
    • 2
  • L. J. Pereira
    • 3
  • M. B. D. Gavião
    • 2
  • P. M. Castelo
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, Piracicaba Dental SchoolUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)PiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental SchoolUniversity of Campinas (UNICAMP)PiracicabaBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Physiology and PharmacologyFederal University of Lavras (UFLA)LavrasBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Biological SciencesFederal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Campus DiademaDiademaBrazil

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