Today’s fast pace and get-it-now mentality can be detrimental to your oral health. How so? Eating too quickly often results in taking larger than normal bites, leading to your jaw and teeth having to work overtime to take care of your mouthful. If you’re already dealing with TMJ, a painful jaw joint disorder, eating too quickly will aggravate your condition. If you’re not already dealing with TMJ, taking over-large bites of your food could trigger the condition.
Slowing down while eating helps you in numerous ways. Not only will you reduce the chance of overeating, which causes you to gain weight, but you’ll also reduce the amount of air you swallow while eating. Swallowed air can cause digestive upsets like heartburn and nausea.
Finally, slow down while snacking. Even healthy snacks like popcorn, nuts and low-sodium pretzels can cause damage to both your natural teeth and any cosmetic or restorative appliances. Take your time to enjoy your meals and treats, and you’ll be more likely to be satisfied by them. Livonia Family Dental cares about your total body wellness with our holistic dental approach, so be sure to ask us if you have any questions. You might be surprised what’s linked to your dental and oral health!