You most likely heard from your parents how important it is to brush your teeth and of course floss every day, but how often did your parents tell you to chew your food longer? Most people don’t actually chew their food enough and this can actually hinder their wellbeing. Chewing your food is the first step to having great oral health.
SW Portland, OR Dentist Dr. Melissa Beadnell, cares about your overall health. That’s why she tells patients that many health problems can start in your mouth, it all starts with what you put in your mouth. In fact your oral health and the condition of your teeth can often say a lot about how well you take care of yourself.
What you put in your mouth is important of course but it is not nearly as important as chewing your food. Here are ways your health can improve by chewing your food.
1. Digestion will improve
Your body starts to process food as soon as it is in your mouth; the digestion begins with chewing of your food. When you chew your food right, you body will recognize that the food is coming and the digestive track will start to work. The process of chewing food is helpful because it break down the enzymes and essential vitamins in your food. The nutrition can get into the blood stream faster and even help you lose weight.
2. Signals your digestive tract to gear up and do its job
Chewing your food can also send a signal to your digestive track to gear up because food is coming and its time to do its job. The start of the digestive process starts in your mouth with chewing. When you chew your food it sends a message to get going. The process signals your pancreas to get ready.
3. Improves your oral health
The process of chewing your food can improve your digestion and also your oral health. When you chew your food, the vitamins and foods nutrition get into your blood stream. The process of chewing your food creates salvia in the mouth. The more salvia in the mouth the more it acts as a mouthwash and can remove food particles and bacteria that can cause cavities.
4. Disease prevention
When you chew your food properly, you support your entire bodies health. The digestive process is part of building blocks to great health. It can increase your energy, help you sleep better and help reduce cavities.