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Biting matters by: Leslie Bunder
FILED UNDER SOMETHINGISRAELI >> Health & Lifestyle

BiteStrip
BiteStrip

Many people just can't get a good nights sleep due to gnashing and gnawing of their teeth and even worse, their gnawing can lead to permanent damage to their teeth and constant headaches.

But now, an Israeli company is offering the BiteStrip, a small electronic device that is suitable for home use to give those who suffer from the condition of bruxism a proper diagnosis.

Usually research into a patient is done by sleep studies which can take both time and be expensive, but the BiteStrip is an overnight solution and one that is cheaper than previous methods of diagnosis.

SLP based in Tel Aviv has been developing products for the last 15 years which enable people to get a good night's sleep and to combat various sleeping disorders.

Noam Hadas is the chief executive and developer of all the company products.

"Bruxism is very common, but until now there were no objective means to measure its existence and severity except relatively large EMG (electromyogram) recorders, which were used almost exclusively for research purposes, said Mr Hadas. "We hope the BiteStrip will also help pain experts in making the differential diagnosis for migraine and nonspecific orofacial pain, and many more applications.

Its latest product, the BiteStrip aims to help diagnose bruxism which is not treated can lead to complications later in life.

The small device costs around $50 and provides a report to determine the extent of the bruxism. This pro-active approach can help deal with the problem.

Many people with bruxism do not know they have it, they may wake up in the morning with a headache and not understand fully the problems of this condition.

As well as headaches, those who suffer from bruxism can also find their teeth become less healthy over time as the constant grinding damages the tooth enamel.

And once bruxism is diagnosed by the BiteStrip, treatment can begin.

"It allows the dentist to better plan any restorative treatment, evaluate the need for a nighttime splint, or help with the alignment of the teeth surfaces, Mr Hadas added.

The BiteStrip should only be used under the supervision of a dentist or other medical professional.

For more information: www.bitestrip.com



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