Previous studies of human muscle inhibition during chewing have shown that many factors contribute to the incidence and intensity of this reflex but few studies have been in a physiological context. During the first crushing cycle of brittle foods ipsilateral masseter muscle EMG, mandibular movement and vibration were recorded simultaneously in four healthy dentate subjects. Experiments were repeated before and during anaesthesia of the cheek teeth on the chewing side. The results suggest that vibration seems to be the most important factor in muscle inhibition during food crushing; conversely periodontal sensation, mandibular closing movement and the preload by the muscle at the onset of food fracture play a minor role.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Oral Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - May 1993|