Bruxism: The Grind of the Matter
COURSE NUMBER: 485
Lara James, RDH
Bruxism, a common condition seen in adults, is becoming more prevalent in adolescents and children.1 This course will provide information for the dental healthcare team on the common causes, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of this cond...
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Bruxism, a common condition seen in adults, is becoming more prevalent in adolescents and children.1 This course will provide information for the dental healthcare team on the common causes, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition. Early treatment can help prevent acute pain and, in severe cases, chronic pain, periodontal involvement and possible tooth loss.2 Educating the patient on bruxism and the importance of maintaining a healthy oral environment will also be covered.
Historically, bruxism has been considered a normal habit. Frequency of episodes and strength of forces on the orthodontia and periodontium can cause the habit to evolve into extensive pathological consequences. It may be as minor as slight wear on the teeth, to major consequences of consistent jaw pain to eventual loss of teeth. Early invention will lead to longevity of a properly functioning oral cavity and improved overall health.
Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students, Office Managers
Date Course Online:
Aug 9, 2016
Last Revision Date:
Feb 20, 2020
Course Expiration Date:
Feb 19, 2023
AGD Subject Code(s):
Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
- Assess the oral cavity for signs of bruxism and identify effects on the hard and soft tissues.
- Determine and evaluate signs and symptoms of bruxism through interviewing the patient and visual assessment.
- Discuss the various treatment options available for treating bruxism.
- Educate patients on grinding habits and treatment to help prevent and/or stabilize the oral cavity.
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