IAAID International Congress on Bruxism 2015, Munich, Germany
During the past years, medical research revealed possible causal chains and therewith the masticatory system got back into the scientific and therapeutic focus.
During the past 200 years, people’s life has experienced fast and sustainable changes as never before. While during the 19th century the majority of the population still earned their living under demanding physical labor and therefore was exposed to tangible, direct danger, earning their income of most citizens of industrial nations is characterized by a rather lower physical commitment. We are overwhelmed with information and dangers « threatening » us are usually not tangible and rather diffuse. So people of the 21st century accept stress as a normal condition. The individual adapts within its own boundaries. However, stress permanently perceived in any case involves an increase in noradrenalin and dopamine in the brain and via the interaction of the hypothalamus and adrenal glands results in a vicious circle.
The level of neurotransmitters can only be decreased by aggressive behavior including physical work or bruxism like activity such as clenching or grinding the teeth. Since the majority of the population does not work in physically demanding jobs and aggressive behavior is socially not accepted, nocturnal or even day-time bruxism behavior is unconsciously chosen. So we can accept clenching and grinding as a normal and important function of the human masticatory system (Slavicek 2000).
Already 5 years ago, this subject was intensively highlighted and discussed in Cologne by internationally most recognized doctors/dentists and scientists (Bruxism Congress 2010), in order to impart the most up-to-date knowledge to practitioners and provide valuable advice and information for the everyday contact with their (bruxism-) patients.
The « Update Bruxism Congress 2015 » in Munich aims at presenting all innovations and experiences of the past years at the highest international professional level possible for improving your « handling » of this special group of patients on a sustainable basis.
Markus Greven President (elect) Int. Academy
of Interdisciplinary Dentistry (IAAID)