J Dentofacial Anom Orthod
Volume 18, Number 2, 2015Anthropology and DFO
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Published online||03 December 2018|
The importance of elevated masticatory forces on the stability of maxillary expansion
Qualified Specialist in Dental and Facial Orthopedics, Independent Practitioner, Researcher in Anthropology
2 Post-doctoral Fellow in Biological Anthropology, Harvard University
3 Qualified Specialist in Dental and Facial Orthopedics, Independent Practitioner, University Lecturer
Address for correspondence: Masrour Makaremi – 2 rue des Deux Conils 24100 Bergerac – France email@example.com
Accepted: 29 October 2014
What have our young patients eaten in the past 24 hours? Probably cooked, prepared, or even finely chopped foods, that require limited masticatory action compared to what our craniofacial muscles are used to.
The impact of masticatory hypofunctioning on craniofacial muscle development has been discussed in paleoanthropology studies and experimental animal studies.
Masticatory activity is one of the most frequently underestimated functions from both an etiopathogenic and therapeutic perspective in orthodontics. However, the recent development of prospective clinical studies allows for a complementary approach to the correlations between form and function and also allows us to examine the therapeutic importance of high masticatory stress.
Key words: Mastication / transverse maxillary growth / masticatory stress
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