Preparations for Bruxism Awareness Week 2012 are gathering pace as the event gets closer.

The initiative will provide an essential opportunity for patients, dental practitioners and other groups, such as parents of sufferers, to learn more about the condition and the available treatments.

Bruxism is believed to affect between 8-10 per cent of the UK population. It is characterised by teeth grinding and clenching, often as a parafunctional activity while the patient is asleep. It can cause a variety of issues, from poor sleep quality to painful jaws and migraines.

For many sufferers, bruxism can go undiagnosed for years, but a number of proven treatments, including the NTI-tss occlusal splint system from leaders in dental splint technology S4S, can now bring them hope.

Bruxism Awareness Week will see a range of initiatives to raise awareness of the condition, and to help sufferers understand that their suffering can be brought to an end with the right help.

The event will be held from 22nd to 28th October. It will include a series of seminars and promotional events to draw attention to the scale of the suffering brought about by bruxism.