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The Importance of Chewing Your Food

Chewing helps get your food from point A — your mouth — to point B — your digestive system. However, there are a few more reasons why chewing your food thoroughly and completely is important. In addition to the physical breakdown of food, chewing also releases special chemicals that aid digestion. Knowing how to chew your food thoroughly can improve the way you eat.

Healthy digestion and nutrient absorption begins with the simple act of chewing food. When you chew your food properly, your body releases digestive enzymes in the stomach that help to break down food so that your body can convert it into energy. When food isn’t digested properly, you could suffer from digestive issues such as indigestion, heartburn, constipation, headache and low energy.

Why is Chewing Your Food So Important?

The physical process of chewing food with your teeth helps to break down larger particles of food into smaller particles. People who are missing many teeth, especially back teeth, are simply not chewing food well enough for proper nutrition. While they may be chewing and swallowing the food, without the proper number of teeth, it simply cannot get broken down into small enough particles for proper digestion.

Chewing food into small particles helps to reduce stress on the esophagus and helps the stomach metabolize your food.  When you chew each mouthful properly, you also release a lot of saliva, which contains digestive enzymes.  As you release these enzymes into the throat and stomach, you further improve the digestive process.

How Many Times Should You Chew Your Food?

Due to differences in food textures, there is no magic number as to how many times you should chew your food. You should, however, chew your foods so thoroughly that the texture is even. If you can no longer identify what food it is based on its texture, you have chewed enough.

 

Dental Health and Overall Health

Good dental health, with a mouthful of healthy teeth for chewing, is essential to good overall health and nutrition. If you want to eat nutritious foods for a long life, you must have enough solid teeth to chew these foods well. Contact Today’s Family Dental Today if you have one or more missing teeth. We  offer bridges, dental implants and denture options to replace your missing teeth!