|Functions of drawing into the mouth by a suction force produced by movements of the cheeks, lips and tongue.
||Functions of cutting into, piercing or tearing off food with the front teeth.
||Functions of crushing, grinding and masticating food with the back teeth (e.g. molars).
||Functions of moving food around the mouth with the teeth and tongue.
||Function of the production of saliva within the mouth.
||Functions of clearing the food and drink through the oral cavity, pharynx and oesophagus into the stomach at an appropriate rate and speed.
||Functions of moving food or liquid in the reverse direction to ingestion, from stomach to oesophagus to mouth and out.