Chewing well and slowly improves cognitive functions, memory and protects against the risk of back pain
A sandwich in a hurry and away. If you have this habit and empty your plate in an instant, correct yourself. And above all, get used to the child well, who must devote the right time to the meal, without running to the table. The reason? How and how much we chew in the first years of life can affect our cognitive functions, memory and therefore intellectual development. There would be an invisible red thread that links chewing problems, breathing and other potentially preventable situations with the right chewing process.
The indications of the experts
To focus on the chewing process, with the food remaining the right time inside the mouth to be chopped by the teeth aligned with each other and thanks to the harmony between the upper and lower arch, is the masterful reading of Takashi Ono, as part of the congress of the Italian Society of Orthodontics (Sido).
From the expert's words, the increasing importance for the health of the chewing function transpires. According to Giuliano Maino, National President of Sido: "Breathing also plays an important role in the functions of memory and learning and this too is in turn closely linked and influenced by the correct anatomy of the buccal area, facial muscles and teeth. Prompt orthodontic treatment can therefore represent a solution to many problems of growing young people. First of all, it is necessary to be able to inform parents and raise awareness so that they can subject their children to periodic checks ".
"It is estimated that over 80 percent of Italians have malocclusion problems and therefore do not have a correct and physiological match between the teeth of the two arches. Regular visits with an orthodontic specialist is essential and every child should do so from at least the fifth year of age ".
Back at risk if we chew badly or grind our teeth
The mandible is directly connected with the clavicle, through nerve and muscle bands that connect the mouth with the shoulder. But at the same time the mandible connects with the sphenoid, a small bone that is located inside the skull, and from it "sends" its spoiled positions to the occipital bone, which is located in the back of the skull. And from it, by proximity, the "signals" of a bad position affect the cervical vertebrae.
Result: grinding your teeth, perhaps at night and without realizing it, can also facilitate the onset of that annoying back pain that arises in the upper part of the neck, and then spreads downwards or goes up to the nape of the neck until it causes headaches. .
For specialists it is first of all necessary to find out how teeth are chewed and how they move, pushed by the bones that host them and by the muscles that coordinate their movement, in order to activate the most effective therapy. This is why we need to think of a global analysis of the person that does not focus only on the mouth, but which includes the entire body.
Starting from the collection of information, which should not be limited only to data relating to the teeth, to then move on to the tests necessary to evaluate both the overall postural situation (i.e. the attitude that the body and mouth normally hold) and the attitude of the part affected by the joint potentially involved in the position defect.
On the basis of the results of these tests, orthodontic treatments can be defined, those that are carried out with "tailor-made" devices, equipment to be placed in the mouth, in a stable form or for a few hours a day. But treatments aimed at resolving the "symptom" linked to bad tooth position or negative attitudes, such as grinding, can also be useful. In any case, the dental specialist can provide the necessary information on the type of care needed.