Stability Bite Oral Motor Problems
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When presented with a spoon, fork, cup, or straw, the child exhibiting a stability bit tightly bites down in order to gain stability in a voluntary manner. They are able to voluntarily open their mouth unlike jaw closure.
A stability bite occurs because of several reasons:
- Low muscle tone
- Poor posture
- Fluctuations in muscle tone
- Poor control of the jaw
- Poor or inconsistent proprioceptive feedback from the jaw
- Poor graded control of jaw movements
- Lack of experience with biting and chewing exploration
Feeding issues related to a stability bite
- When kids present with stability bite, eating and drinking are not efficient.
- Rhythmical eating and drinking can result.
- It is possible for a pattern of internal jaw instability to develop with continued use of external stability that a stability bite provides.