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Oct 10, 2012 04:48 PM

Do you have a chewing/tasting preference (right side vs left side of mouth)?

I am right-handed and tend to favor the right side of my mouth when chewing and tasting.
(Not that I don't also use the left side to a certain extent, but I do tend to favor the right side.)

I wonder whether others prefer one side or the other, and whether it is related to handedness.

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  1. I am right-handed and tend to chew on the left. While I can account for my being left-eared as well (I automatically use my left hand to hold the receiver to my left ear, which makes it easier to write any info with my right hand), I cannot explain why I tend to chew on the left.

    Perhaps it's my Liberal leaning... :)

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    1. re: Michelly

      I chew on the left as well. It's possibly to do with my politics as well - but it's more likely that I have more teeth left on that side.

    2. I had a questionable left molar for about 18 months while I waited to see if I needed a root canal for real, or just an onlay to replace an ancient filing. My dentist warned me not to chew anything crunchy on the left, so I basically only used the right side of my mouth for 18 months. I can chew on both sides now, but still favor the right.

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      1. re: mpjmph

        Your post reminded me that I had a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problem as a teen, after being kicked in the jaw during a soccer game. I was advised to minimize use of the side that was sore for months during the healing process (it's been so long ago that I don't remember which side it was!). I wonder whether that helped shape my later habits.

        1. re: racer x

          My left side pops loudly -- so I tend to favor the right side.

          Nothing wrong; no pain or deformity - -it just makes noise.

      2. I have always favored the right side of my mouth for chewing - for some reason I believe that food tastes better if I chew it mostly on that side. (I know this is probably a little bit crazy.)

        Over the summer, I cracked a tooth on my right side while working out of state. Chewing on the left side only until I could get back home was awful - I always felt like I was missing out.

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        1. re: jw615

          Don't assume it's crazy! There could be sound reasons based on bain biology for why food actually would taste better to you if chewed on one side. Most people have side preferences for using their hands, and for dominance of one eye over the other, just for two examples. And there is a side preference for language processing. So why couldn't the same be true with taste, or at least with aspects of taste?

        2. Haha yes! I'm right handed (except for shooting- my left eye is dominant so I was trained to shoot with my left hand...weird, I know) but I chew almost exclusively on the left. I've tried to use my right side but it just feels odd and things don't taste quite as much as they do on the right.

          1. I am right handed, and I think I prefer to chew on the left side. The preference is very subtle. However, when chewing foods (beef jerky), I think I have a tendency to put the food to the left side -- I think.