What happens when we swallow? Well, for each mouthful of food or liquid, a variety of things must happen so that we can swallow it safely, in good time, and without wasting or losing any of it.
Swallowing here refers to the combined acts of:
- chewing and preparing food (including getting liquid ready to swallow); this results in a collected mass of food or liquid
- transferring the mass back through the mouth to the throat
- moving the mass downwards through the throat