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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Technical Tuesday Right and Left

Technical Tuesday Right and Left

According to the website https://brightside.me/article/100-quick-and-fascinating-facts-about-the-human-body-38305/ , right-handed people chew most of their food on the right side of their mouth, and left-handed people use their left side.

However, according to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11494464 : “This study did not confirm the existence of a dominant side of the mouth with respect to chewing.” It also states: “Results show that, in general, women believe they chew more on one side than the other, whereas men feel they chew on both sides equally.”

How, exactly, does chewing work? Here is an explanation from  http://www2.readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=329950
“When food is placed in the mouth the tongue usually places it on either the left or right side for chewing. The right and left temporomandibular joints (TMJ) both guide and support the mandible when chewing. Studies have found that the TMJ on the opposite side from where the food is placed receives the majority of the stress. So when food is chewed on the right the TMJ on the left is under the most stress and vice versa.

So, it appears that we might chew more on our dominant side, but we might not. Do your own experiment. Which side do you use? If you are a lefty for pirouettes, do you also chew your food mostly on the left? It sounds like this could be a new study.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #27ww:
“Right-handed people might chew most of their food on the right side of their mouth, whereas left-handed people might do so on the left.”

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Quote of the Day:
“He never attempted to sleep on his left side, even in those dismal hours of the night when the insomniac longs for a third side after trying the two he has.”
― Vladimir Nabokov

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