Peter J. Picard


Introduction: The concept of mutually-protected occlusion versus a non-protective occlusion has become meaningful in modern dentistry. The terms pertain to the occlusion and disclusion of the teeth during mandibular motion, how the position of teeth can influence jaw movement, and how the movements in turn can be destructive or protective to the gnathostomatic system. Summary: To establish credibility in oral myology, the authors point out that theories must have scientific justification. Numerous areas of needed study are pointed out and emphasis is that these kinds of studies are needed. In the authors’ opinion, the International Association of Oral Myology should be ideally suited to undertake such studies.