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This preliminary study focused on young women, who are thought to more quickly develop a stable maximum occlusal force. We hypothesized that maximum occlusal force in young women could be predicted by analyzing and observing patterns in the relationship between occlusal force and individual eating habits. We measured the maximum occlusal force of healthy young women immediately before lunch and analyzed the relationships to their individual eating habits as well as to their eating habit patterns. This aim was achieved.

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Our findings confirm that eating habit patterns are significantly associated with maximum occlusal force and may help predict occlusal force. Our results provide important information about eating patterns in humans.


Mastication is essential to daily food intake in humans, and occlusal force is an important indicator in masticatory function. We speculate that complex factors such as eating behavior and sociality, in addition to the dietary content, are important for the development and maintenance of masticatory function, including occlusal force. Human eating habits are the origin of human masticatory function.

Masahiro Okada
Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Tanki Daigaku

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This page is a summary of: Eating habit patterns may predict maximum occlusal force: A preliminary study, PLoS ONE, February 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263647.
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