Chew On This

Now that I am minus four wisdom teeth in the back of my mouth, I’m finding it difficult to chew food the way I’d always done so, that I end up accidentally biting the inside of my cheeks more often than the food itself.  It’s amazing how much muscle memory steps into an automatic occurence such as chewing.  And because I lack certain teeth in the back now, I’ve found myself chewing things a little longer and differently.  Even gum.  I’m relearning how to chew gum.  How effed up is that?  I’d half-expected this, of course, but it’s still inconvenient as hell…


7 Responses to “Chew On This”

  1. 1 Bryan January 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Wow that is pretty wild. I had mine removed at 17 and I don’t remember this happening. Of course, that was quite a few years ago now. You have a little bit more “muscle memory” built up than I did at the time. 🙂

  2. 2 DAVE ID January 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    That had to hurt. Man. All four in one shot?

  3. 3 jonsquared January 25, 2009 at 5:35 am

    @ Bryan – Yup.

    @ DAVE – Yup.

  4. 4 megan January 25, 2009 at 6:27 am

    It probably won’t make you feel better, but the same thing happened to me. I think that your cheeks sink in a little bit without the extra teeth pushing them out, so you end up chewing them as much as your food. The good news is that you do get used to it, and you do eventually relearn how not to, as my dad put it, “bite your face.”

  5. 5 jonsquared January 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

    @ megan – the thing that concerns me most is that my cheeks happen to taste like chicken…

  6. 6 Bryan January 25, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “the thing that concerns me most is that my cheeks happen to taste like chicken”

    Hmmm…a very disturbing turn of events indeed.

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