Mai Ohkubo

Learn More
The purpose of this study was to investigate the accuracy of distance measurements of implant length based on periapical radiographs compared with that of other modalities. We carried out an experimental trial to compare precision in distance measurement. Dental implant fixtures were buried in the canine and first molar regions. These were then subjected to(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II) plays a major role in the maintenance of extracellular fluid volume and blood pressure. In addition to its well-established role in circulatory homeostasis, it has been implicated in the process of bone formation. Osteoblasts play a major role in bone formation, employing intracellular Ca(2+) as a second messenger to modulate(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) has revealed that a decrease and/or increase in signal intensity from retrodiscal tissue, joint effusion (the excessive accumulation of joint fluid) and articular disc displacement are related to TMD. However, the effect of aging on these phenomena has yet to be(More)
The purpose of this study was to clarify the presence of pain and a correlation between pain and characteristics of signal intensity of mandibular bone marrow in temporomandibular joints (TMJ) with osteoarthritis (OA). A total of 196 joints in 98 patients with TMJ disorders were examined using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A pain score and signal(More)
AIM Dysphagia is common in dependent older adults. Thus, a method of evaluating eating and swallowing functions that can be used to diagnose and manage dysphagia in a simple and robust manner is required. In 2002, the Mann Assessment of Swallowing Ability (MASA) was introduced to identify dysphagia in acute-stage stroke patients. As the MASA enables easy(More)
Change in oral function was evaluated longitudinally in elderly persons participating in an Exercises for Healthy Oral Function program implemented as part of the Long-Term Care Prevention Project. The participants comprised high-risk and healthy persons aged 65 yr or over. A questionnaire was used to classify them into two groups ('every day or sometimes'(More)
Feeding development in infants is important not only for of the purpose of acquiring nutrition but also for developing the ability to intake liquids. Our previous study showed that the introduction of a straw was appropriate after an infant has acquired the ability to sip liquid from a spoon and/or cup. In this study, we investigated the effect of a(More)
Functional rehabilitation has been reported to improve swallowing. The effect of the presence or absence of such rehabilitation has yet to be compared in oral cancer patients, however. The purpose of this study was to investigate its effect on correlations between the period of hospitalization and the period of tube feeding (from the day of surgery to(More)
AIM The present study examined the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines, and shoulder girdle range of motion (ROM) of dependent older adults to clarify the influence of these variables on swallowing function, in order to evaluate the efficiency of ROM training to maintain older adults' swallowing function. METHODS A total of 37 (mean age 86.8 ± 6.2 years;(More)
Videofluorography is frequently used to evaluate swallowing and is considered the "gold standard" among imaging modalities. This modality, however, has several disadvantages, including radiation exposure and limitations in the detection of soft tissues. Conversely, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers excellent contrast resolution in soft tissue without(More)