The philosophy and purpose of Masticationpedia is substantially dichotomous if on the one hand, in fact, it aims to sensitize public opinion to a respectful awareness that the pathophysiology of the mastication system is essential in the organic integration of the living being. On the other hand, it is commits to 'Ennobling' dentistry as a highly scientific and complex medical profession that obviously has nothing to do with artisanal empiricism or the speculative enterprise of this era. In the Masticationpedia brainstorming, therefore, sections and keywords will be published that will form the backbone of the Wiki, proposing a direct link between keywords and obviously more challenging and engaging chapters.
An article from 2021 reads as follows:
Introduction: The treatment protocol in the modern health care paradigm has shifted considerably towards enhancing the quality of life in the last decade. This is particularly important in cosmetic and elective treatments, and hence the interest in oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) also has increased. OHRQoL always been measured by endogenous, functional, social, or psychological determinants. Self-esteem (SE) is one of the internal factors that affect the perception of malocclusion and hence OHRQoL before and after treatment. The purpose of this review is to assess whether there exists any correlation between the Oral Health-Related Quality of Life, Self-esteem (SE) in patients following orthodontic treatment.
Conclusion: There is moderate evidence to show that fixed orthodontic treatment improves OHRQoL and SE in children. OHRQoL also increased in adolescents and adults. However, there is a weak correlation between SE and OHRQoL. More evidence-based studies are needed to analyze the relationship.
......but maybe you think that bruxism is just a typically dental phenomenon?
Introduction: In some clinical cases, bruxism may be correlated to central nervous system hyperexcitability, suggesting that bruxism may represent a subclinical form of dystonia. To examine this hypothesis, we performed an electrophysiological evaluation of the excitability of the trigeminal nervous system in a patient affected by pineal cavernoma with pain symptoms in the orofacial region and pronounced bruxism.
Conclusion: We found evidence of activation and peripheral sensitization of the nociceptive fibers, the primary and secondary nociceptive neurons in the central nervous system, and the endogenous pain control systems (including both the inhibitory and facilitatory processes), in the tested subject. These data suggest that bruxism and central orofacial pain can coexist, but are two independent symptoms, which may explain why numerous experimental and clinical studies fail to reach unequivocal conclusions.