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RECENT STUDY: Chewing Your Food May Promote Your Health

Cute young Hispanic woman chewing a banana while sitting in the kitchen

It’s interesting how the things we know to do eventually get backed up by science. Remember your parents telling you to chew your food (and to do it with your mouth closed)? Well, there was a really good reason for that. Although parents typically said if you didn’t, you’d get a stomach ache, scientists have recently discovered that it may just improve the health of your mouth.

In a recent study conducted by a team at the University of Manchester in the UK, it was discovered that chewing initiates the release of an immunity cell called the T helper 17 (scientifically termed Th17). This immunity cell helps defend the mouth and teeth against harmful pathogens, while also enabling beneficial bacteria to work in the mouth.

The study was published in the journal Immunity.


At Signature Smiles, our pediatric dentists, general dentists, and orthodontist, work hard to remain current on all the new developments in dentistry. Our dental staff come from the most prestigious schools and background, such as Columbia University, Harvard University, and decades of experience sustaining dentistry in the US Armed Forces.

The science and technology within the dental industry is not lost on us. We utilize it everyday. Along with that, we utilize the simple methods too, like making sure our patients brush twice per day, floss daily, rinse every day, eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away, and to chew their food thoroughly. It’s the simple things and the really scientific things that keep teeth super healthy.

Our dental patients – kids and adults alike – always receive our best dental care in the greater Houston area. We work tirelessly to ensure every patient is provided for and can go about their daily routines with a healthy and beautiful smile.

To book your dental appointment, contact us now. We look forward to helping you and your family’s oral health.

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