• PIMM Wix Team

Chewing Mindfully Can Make A Big Difference

Savoring each bite of food at mealtime is one of the great pleasures of life — and one of the hardest jobs our teeth perform each day. Just think of the dozens, even hundreds, of times each day those pearly whites grind up our food and help us enjoy and digest our meals. Have you ever thought about the right and wrong ways to go about chewing your food? Our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. offers a few handy guidelines from experts:

  • Thirty-two seems to be the magic number when it comes to how many times to chew a mouthful of food. Of course, that number rises for tougher foods like steak, and drops for soft foods.

  • Don’t heap too much food on your spoon or fork. If food is falling off your utensil, you’re overloading.

  • Chew slowly until the food has lost its texture.

  • Don’t drink liquids with your meal, as this will slow down your digestion.

  • Chewing too quickly or not enough may lead to digestive problems like bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, and gas.

  • Chewing smaller mouthfuls slowly not only adds to the enjoyment of eating, but also is easier on your teeth, helps your body absorb more nutrients, lets your saliva do its job, and is better for maintaining your proper weight.

  • If you have aligners, take them out when eating. If you have traditional braces, it’s important to avoid crunchy, hard, and chewy foods that can damage the brackets. Stick to softer foods, especially during the first days and weeks after you’ve had the braces put in.

So, there’s a full plate of options to think about when taking your next bite! It may seem ponderous at first to consider some of these guidelines, but our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. bets you’ll be surprised how quickly chewing mindfully will become a habit. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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