Chewers are individuals who have a tendency to chew on objects such as pens, pencils, nails, or any other inedible item they can get their hands on. This behavior is known as oral fixation or oral habit. It is often associated with anxiety and stress, and it provides a sensory experience that can be calming and soothing for the individual.
Chewing can have both positive and negative consequences. On one hand, it can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. However, it can also lead to dental problems, jaw pain, and damage to the objects being chewed. It can also be socially awkward, as people may find it strange or unappealing to witness someone constantly chewing on an object.
People who engage in this behavior may benefit from finding alternative outlets for their anxiety, such as mindfulness practices or exercise. They may also benefit from using chewable products specifically designed for oral fixation, like chewable jewelry or gum designed for oral stimulation. It’s important for people to recognize and address this behavior early on to avoid long-term consequences.