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Mastication is the act of chewing food with the teeth through the muscles of the jaw. Proper chewing is necessary to avoid digestive problems, reducing the size of food which will facilitate the process of digestion by the organs of the digestive tract. Eating too fast with insufficient chewing can be a cause of various digestive disorders: stomach pain, feeling of heaviness, constipation ... Dental problems can also contribute to insufficient chewing. The best way to prevent these problems is to eat slowly, chew all food well before swallowing, and have good dental hygiene, consulting a dentist on a regular basis, once a year if possible.