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Bruxism: The Grind of the Matter

COURSE NUMBER: 485

Lara James, RDH

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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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 cond...

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Overview

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.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assisting Students, Office Managers

  • Date Course Online:

    Aug 9, 2016

  • Last Revision Date:

    Feb 20, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Feb 19, 2023

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    730, 750

Learning Objectives

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.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
Lara James

Lara James

RDH

Ms. James graduated from Portland Community College in 2004 with an AAS in Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing since 2004 in private practice and corporation dentistry.


Updated: Feb 2020

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Submission Information

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