An Eating Disorder

February 12, 2007 at 12:39 AM | Food, Site/Personal | No Comments

The first step is admitting there is a problem: I have… an eating disorder.

It’s where I eat, but primarily chew with the left side of my mouth. Maybe this is all in my head, but I noticed it the other day when I was brushing my teeth and it seemed as if I had teeth to brush on the left side of my mouth, compared to the right. I’d never really thought of it, but I think I’m left-jawed. I got myself a fistful of raisins and popped them in my mouth, forced myself to chew with my right jaw and the whole thing seemed very unnatural, very foreign. So what is my problem? Is it a documented condition in the dental community? Is there a name for it? I really would like to know.

The whole thing reminds me of how cars need their tires rotated every so often. The wear on the tires are uneven, front to back, even left to right. But the thing is, with my teeth, I can’t just pop them out and switch them around. I’d love to, but I can’t. Something must be done to correct this and what I envision to be the solution is this: I will be conscious of my chewing, making sure to chew with my right side for a while, and then gradually phase it out to an even chew. OK go!

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