Effect of Removal of Molars on Weight Increase and Food Intake in Albino Rats

J. Gyimesi, T. Zelles

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Abstract

Experimental extraction of molars, which rendered mastication impossible, reduced the rate of growth of young albino rats in comparison with controls. When free choice between granular and solid food was allowed, the rats with inhibited mastication preferred the food of granular consistency. A significant depression of growth rate in the rats deprived of chewing ability was noted, even when compared with pair-fed control rats that had received the same amount of food.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-899
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of dental research
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1972

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  • Dentistry(all)

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