Buccinator

Interactive diagram of the muscles of the head, face and neck

The buccinator is a muscle of the cheek. It is responsible for compressing the cheek and is important in mastication.

The points of origin and insertion, and the actions of the buccinator muscle:

Origin: Maxilla and mandible
Insertion: Orbicularis Oris
Actions:
  • Presses the teeth against the teeth and lips, facilitating actions such as blowing, sucking, and whistling.
  • Assists with mastication (chewing).

The buccinator is one of the muscles of the head, neck, and face taught as part of many courses in Indian Head Massage. As this is a popular therapy we have included several pages that may be of interest to students of Indian Head Massage. See, for example, the page about skeletal structures of the head and neck.

See the page about Facial Muscles to view the location of the buccinator muscle.
(This page consists of an interactive, rather than just a labelled, diagram, so you'll have to test yourself by guessing which muscle is the buccinator until you find the correct label.)

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