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Chew Your Food Well

Some tips to avoid choking

Every now and then, food goes down the wrong way, and you start to gag, maybe even panic.

The American Red Cross says a number of things can lead to choking while eating:

  • trying to swallow food that hasn't been chewed sufficiently;
  • wearing dentures, which makes it harder to tell if food has been chewed long enough;
  • drinking alcohol, which dulls the nerves that help you swallow;
  • talking excitedly or laughing while eating;
  • eating too fast;
  • walking or running with anything in your mouth.

The Red Cross urges everyone to take a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) so they can help in an emergency.

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