Our research activities address fundamental issues oral sensorimotor regulation and the effect of functional oral rehabilitation therapy on quality of life. We have developed novel techniques to evaluate and study the motor physiology and sensory-motor mechanisms involved in the control of biting and chewing behaviors in humans. We have also developed novel viscoelastic test food that has the potential to evolve as a clinical tool for measuring masticatory function. We aim to identify specific indicators of good masticatory function and determine developmental milestones in healthy children and children with dental malocclusion. We are also investigating if compromised or impaired “chewing-swallowing rhythm” could be a risk factor for anorexia or bulimia nervosa, and obesity.
The goal of our research activities is to develop a better understanding of the peripheral and central mechanisms governing the biting and chewing behaviors in humans and identify early indicators of impaired chewing function. Overall, these measures will aid in better diagnosis and effective treatment routines in patients with impaired chewing functions.