Interview: “Bruxism requires dentists to look beyond the mouth”
April 11, 2019 |
The Greeks had a word for what we now refer to as bruxism: brychein—the grinding or gnashing of teeth. With references to this “gnashing of teeth” in both Dante’s “Inferno” and the Bible, the condition may be as old as mankind. Its causes, mechanisms and treatment, however, are still largely unknown, and misinformation continues to confuse both patients and dental professionals. In order to shed light on the topic, prevention spoke with Belgian dentist Dr François Mathonet. A bruxer himself, Mathonet specialised in temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain and, as such, is the perfect person to offer in-depth information on the condition and a holistic approach to the problem.