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Mastication and swallowing

Mastication and swallowing: 2. control.

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  • S.W. Cadden
  • R. Orchardson

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Original languageEnglish
JournalDental Update
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2009


In recent years, it has become clear that the neural mechanisms controlling chewing and swallowing emanate from centres in the brainstem. However, these activities may be modulated by conscious processes and by feedback from peripheral nerves.This review relates this knowledge to clinical dentistry and, in particular, to the possible relationship between craniomandibular dysfunctions and impaired control of the masticatory system. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Dentists should understand the neuromuscular control of the masticatory apparatus as this can be relevant to the general health of patients as well as to craniomandibular disorders involving the jaw muscles and joints.


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