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How to Explain Bruxism to Patients

Explaining signs, symptoms, and treatments to patients can sometimes be challenging. It can become especially challenging when using dental terminology that your patients may not be familiar with.

In our dentistry courses, our faculty often share that they use pictures and illustrations to explain conditions and treatments to their patients so that they not only understand what is going on in their masticatory system, but they understand how it is and will effect their oral health.

Watch the following video as Dr. Leonard Hess uses layman's terms, pictures, and illustrations to explain bruxism.

Leonard A. Hess, DDS is the Clinical Director at The Dawson Academy and joined the faculty in 2009. He owns Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, and practices full time in addition to teaching continuing education courses. He is a member of the editorial board for Inside Dentistry and has had over 17 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, AACD, ADA, AES, and NCDS. Dr. Hess began teaching continuing education courses in 2005 on topics including occlusion, smile design, treatment planning, preparation design, and practice integration of Complete Care Dentistry. He’s taught full-day continuing education courses at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s national meeting, The Greater New York Dental Meeting, AACD National Meeting, Pacific Dental Conference, Ontario Dental Association meeting, and The Yankee Dental Conference. Dr. Hess has taught courses in Japan, Germany, Poland, China, and Canada.