Bruxism or “teeth grinding” is a complicated phenomena which has a prevalence or 8-31.4% in the general population (Manfredini et al.2013). In the last 5 years the classification and definition of bruxism has quickly adapted and changed. An international consensus of dentistry experts (International Network for Orofacial Pain an related Disorders Methodology; INfORM) and the German associations Deutsche Gesellschaft für Funktionsdiagnostik und -Therapie in der Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde (DGFDT)Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde (DGZMK)) (2019) worked to create a strong international consensus about the ethology, assessments and management of bruxism.
After talking with and gathering opinions of physical therapists one may conclude that most physical therapist are not well informed about the current thoughts and ideas about bruxism. Do we “surf on the same wave” with dentist when we discuss the word “bruxism?” In this blog the nine most persistent myths held by physical therapist will be discussed.