Bruxism Management


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 May 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Bruxism, characterized by involuntary rhythmic contractions of the masseter muscles and excessive teeth grinding, is a commonly overlooked yet significant condition. Symptoms can manifest during wakefulness or sleep and encompass primary and secondary forms. Sleep-related bruxism, associated with normal sleep arousals and various underlying medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, Down syndrome, and medication effects, can cause considerable damage to teeth and dental work, resulting in morning jaw pain or fatigue, temporal headaches, and restricted motion of the temporomandibular joint. Although the diagnosis is primarily clinical, some patients with suspected sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea require polysomnography. Clinicians utilize a comprehensive treatment approach encompassing counseling, lifestyle management, oral devices, and medication management to address bruxism. 

Through this evidence-based review, healthcare professionals explore the latest advancements in understanding the causes of bruxism, including its multifactorial nature, pathophysiology, and clinical manifestations. By examining prevalence rates and associated risk factors, participants recognize the importance of identifying and managing bruxism in clinical practice, particularly its implications for detecting potential sleep disorders, its impact on oral health, temporomandibular joint function, patient outcomes, and overall quality of life. By fostering collaboration and communication among healthcare professionals, participants gain the skills to coordinate efforts in the management of bruxism, ultimately enhancing their ability to deliver patient-centered care, improve diagnostic precision, and optimize treatment outcomes for individuals affected by this prevalent condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dentists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the clinical manifestations and risk factors associated with bruxism.

  • Implement evidence-based treatment modalities for managing bruxism, including behavioral techniques, oral devices, and pharmacotherapy.

  • Assess the effectiveness of interventions in reducing bruxism-related symptoms and complications.

  • Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as dentists, sleep specialists, and physical therapists, to optimize interdisciplinary care for patients with bruxism.


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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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