Sleep structure, biological rhythms, and sleep habits dynamically change during the period from birth to adolescence. These changes often lead to a variety of sleep-related problems that both the individual and family members struggle to deal with. This article lists three examples commonly encountered at school, in daily life, and in dental practice, and outlines the characteristics of children’s sleep, the background, and solutions for sleep problems. In addition, the concept of “sleep health,” which not only aims to reduce sleep problems and symptoms, but also focuses on prevention and improving mental and physical wellbeing, is addressed. The opportunity to consult a dentist to improve oral hygiene and ensure a safe delivery increases during the prenatal period, as well as after delivery to ensure the healthy development of the infant. Dentists play a significant role in sleep health among children and their families.
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