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Choosing The Right Chew For You!

Choosing The Right Chew For You!

Choosing the right chewing aid for your sensory needs is not always easy but is worth the effort as chewing is an amazing way to help calm and regulate our sensory systems. Not only does chewing help us to remain calm and focused but it helps to reduce anxiety and stress. Chewing can also be fun and choosing your first or next Chewigem can be very exciting.

But how do you know which one to get?

It’s always worth chatting to a member of the Sensooli team for help and advice on finding the right product for you.

We will ask you questions to try and determine what type of chewer you are and therefore which product we think is the best match for your chewing style.

What Kind Of Things Do You Chew Now?

This is an important question as it helps us to find a Chewigem in a similar shape, style, texture, strength, and flexibility. If you like to chew hard plastic then it makes sense to chose a Chewigem that is hard without a lot of flexibility. If you chew fabric you may need something softer with more flexibility.

Are You A Mouther Or Sucker?

If you mouth or suck rather than chew then a softer more flexible chew would work best. Chewigems like the Dogtags and Board Pendants are great for this.

Do You Destroy The Things You Chew?

Some people chew softly and gently and never destroy what they are chewing. However, some people are strong and aggressive chewers and they seem to chew through everything. Knowing this helps us to work out the strength of Chewigem someone needs. You may have to accept and weigh up the cost-benefit ratio of your chewing habits if they are particularly strong and prone to destruction. That said we usually find a solution and can provide strategies to prolong the life of your chewie.

Our range has some soft and flexible chews right through to robust and rigid chews. If someone destroys what they chew then they are more likely to find the stronger tougher chews work better for them.

Where Do You Chew?

Knowing which part of your mouth you chew with can be very helpful when choosing your Chewigem. If you tend to chew with your molars you will need a shape that will reach the back of your mouth.

Some people like to chew with their whole mouth so need a Chewigem that won’t make them gag. Then there are people who chew with their front teeth and some of those people are nibblers. Nibblers are particularly difficult to find the right Chewigem for but if we know you’re a nibbler upfront it makes the process much easier.

How Old Is The Chewer?

Knowing how old a chewer is can be very helpful when it comes to narrowing down your chew choices. If someone is under 3 then we would always recommend a toy or a bangle.

If we are helping an adult then we can look at the correct size bangles for them or something that is suitable for their workplace. If it’s a schoolchild we may need to look at a Chewigem that blends in with their school uniform.

TMJ & Teeth Grinding

Some chewers may have jaws problems like TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) which can cause pain and dysfunction around the jaw. This can mean that our stronger chews might not be suitable when your jaw is sore. It can be a good idea to have a soft, flexible chew on hand for days when your jaw is hurting. The Twister is fantastic for these days.

Conclusion

It can be very tempting to buy cheaper alternate chews online as there are so many readily available. But this is something we do not advise. You can ask our customers and they will tell you that they spent more on cheap chews that don’t last than finding the right Chewigem through us. It can take time, effort and trial and error, but we promise by working with us we will help you when choosing the right chewing aid for your sensory needs.

Chewigem no nasties

No one chewer is the same and sometimes the product we recommend might not work as well as we had hoped. But that’s okay, just get in touch and we will be able to find a more suitable replacement. Sometimes it can take a few tries to work out what’s best but trust us we will get there! Plus you can have extra confidence when selecting thanks to our Chewigem Guarantee. 

Chewigem is more than a product. We have a large sensory community across social media and offer continued support and aftercare to all of our customers.
In general, this is what we would recommend, however ahead of selecting we would always encourage you to chat to us first so we can help you when choosing the right chewing aid.

For strong and aggressive chewers

  • The Button
  • The Berries
  • Tread Bangle

    For Thumb Suckers or Finger Chewers
  • Toggle Tag
  • Board Pendant
  • Flip Bangle

    For those who like to chew with their back teeth
  • Toggle Tag
  • Board Pendant
  • Bubba Bangle
  • Chubes
    For Mouthers, Lickers, and Suckers
  • Dog Tags
  • Board Pendant
  • Toggle Tag
  • Chubes

For Nibblers

  • Eternity
  • Wave

    Just For Fidgeting
  • Hand Fidget
  • Hexichew

Communication Aids

  • Emotichew
  • Chewimoji’s
  • Kiki Blanket

Under 3’s

  • Toys & Bangles all carry the C E Mark

This handy chart below can help you when choosing the right chewing Aid:

How to choose the right chewigem

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