Bruxism is a common behaviour with some studies showing its prevalence at almost a third of the population. While it is common, the significance of the activity is often overlooked by patient and practitioner alike.
Bruxism is a ‘parafunctional activity’ which is characterised by excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. In order to understand the significance, it is worth reviewing how often teeth meet in ‘functional activity’ and what defines ideal rest position for the teeth and jaws throughout a 24-hour period. We will define parafunctional, and functional activity as well as ‘rest position’.
Bruxism is a common behaviour; reports of prevalence range from 8–31% in the general population. Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, headaches, tooth wear and damage to dental restorations (e.g. crowns and fillings) to teeth. All bruxism involves increased oral and cervical muscle activity with some studies showing and increase in motor muscle activity throughout the whole body.
While symptoms may be minimal or not obvious, either to the patient or often to the practitioner, sensitivity of teeth to cold and the perpetuating of chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as tension headaches or neck aches makes bruxism an intriguing and often underestimated condition.
There are essentially two types of bruxism; nocturnal and awake. The causes of bruxism are not completely understood, but are thought to include: psychosocial, medications, nutritional, occlusal factors. More recently a recognition that nocturnal bruxism is often a reflection of sleep disordered breathing of which there are many types. We will review the causes and effects of both types of bruxism and explore possible treatment approaches.
This webinar is worth 1.5 CPE points.
Dr. Ron Ehrlich, one of Australia’s leading holistic-health advocates, author and podcaster. With over 35 years of clinical practice Dr. Ron has developed a holistic approach to health and wellness, and a comprehensive model of stress, as outlined in his book 'A Life Less Stressed: the 5 pillars of health & wellness'. He has a weekly podcast, Unstress with Dr.Ron Ehrlich and delivers keynotes and workshops.
Dr Ron has been in clinical practice and still continues to see patients at his group practice, the Sydney Holistic Dental Centre in Sydney CBD. In 1996, Dr Ron gained his Fellowship in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (FACNEM). He is currently on the board of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM), and Chairperson of ACNEM’s Advocacy Committee.
Dr Ron is also co-founder and board member of Nourishing Australia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to informing, educating and inspiring people about the critical importance of healthy soils, nutrient-dense foods and sustainable farming, bringing together principles of holistic healthcare and holistic farm management for the health of people, communities and ultimately, our planet.
Dr Ron’s passion is to convert confusion to clarity and information to knowledge. To empowering individuals to fulfil their potential, take control of their health, build resilience and be the best you can be.
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