Speech and Language Pathologist BSc, Specialized in Communication Disorders, Dysphagia and Voice Deficiencies, Greece
*Corresponding Author: Vasilarou Chrysanthi, Speech and Language Pathologist BSc, Specialized in Communication Disorders, Dysphagia and Voice Deficiencies, Greece.
Received: May 18, 2021; Published: May 26, 2021
The importance of eating and swallowing
Swallowing is extremely important since it plays a significant role of the enjoyment of eating and the adequate nutrition and hydration. Any deficiency to the process of swallowing can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. The process of swallowing is exceedingly complex and includes muscles within the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus. The oropharynx is the anatomical region encompassing the oral cavity and the pharynx. Food must be formed into a bolus and transported to the pharynx by the tongue and then it must be transferred through the pharynx to the esophagus without entering the larynx from the vocal colds to the trachea. The muscles required for all these steps are facilitated by swallowing centers within the brainstem which are supplied with sensory information by afferent nerve fibers from a few cranial nerves. The swallowing centers also receive modulatory input from higher centers inside the brain. Thus, a swallow has both intentional and automatic physiologic components and dysphagia is given to difficult swallowing .
Citation: Vasilarou Chrysanthi. “Swallowing Importance and Dysphagia".Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 3.6 (2020): 113-114.
Copyright: © 2020 Vasilarou Chrysanthi. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.