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Myofunctional therapy. Part 1: Culture, industrialisation and the shrinking human face

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  17/2021

Authors:  K. Boyd1, S. Saccomanno2, C.J. Lewis3, L. Coceani Paskay4, V. Quinzi2, G. Marzo2

Language:  English

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

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Diet, Weaning, Malocclusion, Prevention, Orofacial myofunctional disorders, Early orthodontic treatment, Darwinian dentistry, Craniofacial complex, Breathing.

Email:  [email protected]


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.

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