Dr Glassman Continues Lecture Series in London During Bruxism Awareness Week 2012

Myth busting, straight talking and inspirational, Dr Glassman is an internationally recognised authority on Bruxism, Migraine and related issues who made a big splash on his last UK visit.

His hard-hitting and inspirational talks have been a hit with dental audiences around the world, meaning there is constant demand for him to speak at conferences. Today, 25th October 2012, he kicked of the trhee day series of lectures at the BDA in Wimpole Street, London.

Bruxism is believed to affect between 8-10 per cent of the UK population, though some estimates put that figure as high as 50 per cent. Exact figures are unavailable because many people are thought to be suffering in silence, as a consequence of awareness of the condition being so low. As a result, many sufferers go undiagnosed for years and frequently spend large amounts of money on unproven alternative therapies in the hope of a cure, only to see a rapid improvement in their condition when the correct treatment is made available.

Bruxism is characterised by teeth grinding and clenching, often as a parafunctional activity while the patient is asleep and unaware of what they are doing. It can cause a variety of health issues, ranging from poor sleep quality to painful jaws and debilitating Migraines. The pain and discomfort caused by these can be so severe that it makes everyday tasks, such as going to work or driving a car, extremely difficult for sufferers. The condition is often stress-related, which may explain a rise in reported cases during the current unsettled economic conditions, when many people have concerns over their finances and job security. Bruxism is the main cause of broken and worn teeth, jaw disorders, headaches and Migraines. Although it affects both adults and children, those aged between 25-44 are statistically the most commonly afflicted.

Bruxism Awareness Week, which is supported by S4S, will see a range of initiatives to raise awareness of the condition, and to help sufferers appreciate that their distress can be brought to an end with the appropriate help and treatment. The high profile campaign will provide an essential opportunity and focus for patients, dental practitioners and other groups, such as the parents of sufferers, to learn more about the condition and the available treatments.

Dr Glassman is a past recipient of the Haden-Stack Award, which is presented annually to the member of the AACP (American Academy of Craniofacial Pain) who has made the most significant advances in treating Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). His lectures in London and Dublin will examine the latest theories of occlusion and restorative therapy, and the reality of occlusion’s role in pain control. “You will learn the myths of occlusion that you will find enlightening and exciting – things you know are true but we’ve been told for years that weren’t!” says Dr Glassman, who has often courted controversy by challenging conventional wisdom on how TMD should be approached and treated.

Today was the first day of the specially tailored programme of seminars will allow UK dental practitioners to learn more about Traumatic Occlusion and Bruxism, Practical Occlusion and TMD for the General Dental Practitioner, and to benefit from a hands-on practical session. When occlusion matters, and when it doesn’t, when appliances should be used, the importance of joints in causing pain, and innovative new practice management concepts are just some of the important lessons that delegates will learn in the seminars.

A number of proven treatments are available to treat Bruxism, including the NTI-tss (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) occlusal splint system from S4S. The device provides vital relief to frustrated patients in record time, raising the prospect of a better night’s sleep for the patient after only twenty minutes of chair-side treatment. The NTI-tss prevents the molars and canines from coming into contact and stops the stimulation of the Trigeminal nerve that can arise at night. This simple device can provide an enormous amount of relief to patients and yield life-changing results. Lessons from seminars during Bruxism Awareness Week could put many patients on the road to recovery.