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BRUXISM: EVER GROWING INQUIRIES AT PHARMACIES

Dentaid News

28 Mar 2017

Headache, earache, jaw pain and sensitive teeth. All these symptoms elicit recurring queries at the pharmacy counter. But did you know that sometimes all of them can derive from a common problem: bruxism.

Bruxism is the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, a very common problem, since between 10% and 20% of the population suffers from this disorder.. 
However, as it is an unconscious habit, many do not realise they have it. 

Identifying bruxism is very important since its treatment will help improve not only oral health but also general health, as the main symptoms of bruxism include:


Dental hypersensitivity. Tooth enamel wears away, especially at the neck of the tooth, and the dentin may become exposed. This causes intense pain in the presence of thermal, chemical or tactile stimuli.


Jaw pain. The pressure exerted by the teeth can trigger inflammation of the maxillofacial muscles and pain in the area, which can ultimately cause temporomandibular joint disorders.


• Headache or ear pain. Jaw clenching throughout the night can cause ear pain and/or headache.

TEST TO HELP YOU FIND OUT IF YOUR CLIENTS ARE EXPERIENCING BRUXISM

Are you under stress? Stress may cause physical symptoms to develop, and one of these may be nocturnal bruxism. A good way to limit this is by adopting a more relaxed lifestyle and avoiding situations that cause anxiety.

Do you have headaches or ear pain? Jaw clenching at night may cause you to wake up with a headache and/or ear pain. Yet another of the symptoms that should make you suspect bruxism.

Do you feel increased discomfort when eating hot and/or cold foods? If so, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. And it could be that the grinding of the teeth is wearing away the enamel, especially at the neck of the teeth, exposing the layer of dentin, ultimately causing tooth sensitivity.

Are your gums inflamed or bleeding? Bruxism may in some cases cause localised recession of the gums. If this occurs, and hygiene is not properly maintained, inflammation of the gums may be enhanced by a greater accumulation of plaque at the exposed roots of the teeth.

Do you suffer from insomnia? If you wake up in the middle of the night with jaw pain, you are probably experiencing bruxism.

If they answer yes to more than three questions, you should recommend they have a dental check-up, as they may be experiencing bruxism, and it is advisable they begin treatment in time to mitigate the negative effects on oral and general health.


Also remember that if your customers answer yes to the question on tooth sensitivity, you can recommend quality products to fight dental hypersensitivity at the pharmacy, differentiating you from other channels.

Desensin® offers you a wide product range that responds to the different needs of each person.

DESENSIN® REPAIR

Desensin® repair: Toothpaste&Mouthwash

• Repairs enamel

• Begins working from the first application


DESENSIN® PLUS

Desensin® plus fluoride: Toothpaste&Mouthwash

• Anticaries

• Progressive desensitising action

Desensin® plus gel

• Fast-acting gel

• For localised tropical application


DESENSIN® SOFT

Desensin® soft:

• Specific brush for sensitive teeth

• Extra-soft PBT filaments

• Small head

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