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Tongue lip and jaw differentiation and its relationship to orofacial myofunctional treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11307348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A number of developmental changes occur in eating patterns from infancy through childhood. Initially a primitive reflexive process, deglutition develops into a complex, integrated voluntary/reflexive process. The movements of the tongue, lips and mandible are easily observed to undergo a transformation from synergistic, undifferentiated movements in the infant, to differentiated and refined movements required for biting, chewing, bolus formation and propulsion in the toddler and young child. This transformation is also crucial for the development of higher levels of articulatory precision and coordination required for verbal communication. This developmental process does not always occur in individuals exhibiting orofacial myofunctional disorders. This article will review current research in this area as well as describe how to evaluate for normal tongue, lip and jaw differentiation, and present exercises to develop these skills, which are necessary for successful outcomes in orofacial myofunctional treatment.
P G Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of orofacial myology : official publication of the International Association of Orofacial Myology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0735-0120     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Orofacial Myology     Publication Date:  2000 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-18     Completed Date:  2001-05-03     Revised Date:  2009-06-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207532     Medline TA:  Int J Orofacial Myology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  44-52     Citation Subset:  D    
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MeSH Terms
Articulation Disorders / therapy*
Child Development / physiology
Child, Preschool
Deglutition Disorders / therapy*
Feeding Behavior / physiology*
Jaw / physiology
Lip / physiology
Mastication / physiology
Mouth / physiology*
Myofunctional Therapy / methods*
Speech / physiology
Sucking Behavior / physiology
Tongue / physiology
Republished in:
Int J Orofacial Myology. 2008 Nov;34:36-45   [PMID:  19545089 ]

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