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Myofunctional therapy. Part 1: Culture, industrialisation and the shrinking human face
Pubblication date: 17/2021
Authors: K. Boyd1, S. Saccomanno2, C.J. Lewis3, L. Coceani Paskay4, V. Quinzi2, G. Marzo2
Institution: 1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
2Department of Health, Life and Environmental Science, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
3Department of Dental Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayettville, AR, USA
4Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), Pacific Palisades, CA, USA.
Publication: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Title: Myofunctional therapy. Part 1: Culture, industrialisation and the shrinking human face
Abstract: Culture, industrialisation
and the shrinking human face: Why is it important?
Over the past 300,000 years, not only has the way we consume food from birth through our lifetime changed, there have also been changes related to the methods of food preparation, availability, processing, and storage. These diet-related factors, along with other epigenetic factors, have led to a widespread increase in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) and resultant human malocclusion phenotypes (HMPs) worldwide. Currently there is an increasing need for resolution of HMPs in early childhood and associated OMDs. This review will include reports of cases and describe the nature of the problem and strategies for effective solutions.