MB ChB Year 1: Nutrition and Energy

Lecture 1: Chewing, tasting and swallowing

Dr Roberts

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The lecture is split into 3 sections:

You will find it easier if you study them in the order listed.

AIM

To provide an overview of the anatomical aspects of chewing, tasting and swallowing.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

On completing this session and associated background study you should be able to:

  • describe the muscles of mastication and their nerve supplies
  • describe the basic structure of the temporomandibular joint
  • describe the movements of the mandible during mastication and indicate which muscles are involved in bringing each of these movements about
  • outline the peripheral nervous pathways involved in the sense of taste
  • give an overview of the mechanism of swallowing
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