masticatory system


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mas·ti·ca·to·ry sys·tem

the organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication: the jaws, teeth with their supporting structures, temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, tongue, lips, cheeks, and oral mucosa.

mas·ti·ca·to·ry sys·tem

(masti-kă-tōr-ē sistĕm)
Organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication: jaws, teeth with their supporting structures, temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, tongue, lips, cheeks, and oral mucosa.
Synonym(s): dental apparatus.
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(16.) Ciancaglini R, Gherlone EF, Radaelli G.The relationship of bruxism with craniofacial pain and symptoms from the masticatory system in the adult population.
Furthermore, other factors such as masticatory system development and parafunctional oral habits have been reported as indicators of TMD in children.
No functional examination of the masticatory system was performed in the groups of 3- and 5-year-olds, because of difficulties when examining and interpreting palpatory findings in young children.
Nutritional instruction should continue after the teeth appear in order to promote good eating habits and the health of the entire masticatory system. Helping parents to choose the best foods for their children and to share with them the knowledge they need to maintain dental health and avoid a build-up of plaque can have significant benefits.
The energy required to move the mandible and permit function of the masticatory system is provided by muscles.
In the long term, hyperactivity may be followed by structural adaptations, such as tooth movement, muscular reactions, and remodelling of the temporomandibular joints or it could lead to pathologic changes in the masticatory system.
Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the masticatory system. In: Management of temporomandibular disorders and occlusion.
The important subject of several investigations has been the associations between oral cavity microbiota species composition and diseases of the masticatory system, in reference to various local, congenital, structural, metabolic, and general diseases [2-4, 8, 10, 13-15]; among these, certain studies revealed that oral microbiota can cause hospital-acquired infections and general health problems.
The presence of TMD in the participants of this study was expected, because the symptoms of the disorders of the masticatory system are more frequent in women than men 20, and attack individuals who belong to the age-group established in this research [21].
Health, including the status of the masticatory system, is the result of many factors.
Diet, extend of usage of masticatory system, genetic and racial predilection are all factors that influence the jaw and tooth size and structure.
At times there may be need to alter occlusal vertical dimension and such alterations maybe a compatible modality of management and this may improve esthetics, facial height, and effective bite force management in the masticatory system [11].