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ORAL PHYSIOLOGY Ferrer and Bourdoil [10, 11] noticed that, with most patients, when opening the mouth, the mandible first moves to the non-working side and after that to the working side. We have found that the mandible first moves to the working side in 60% and to the non-working side in 40% of the patients examined. Peraire [4] found that in 41% of the cases the mandible moves first to the non-working side. We can say that a masticatory angle of a high value is always pathologic because it produces vertical masticatory movements with less laterality components, therefore little capacity for pressure and friction on the dental arches. One can tactilely perceive the dependenc B