Dentures-Why They Are Better Than Eating Without Teeth
Should you have lost teeth and have not replaced them with dental implants, or if you have a problem applying dentures, it can be tempting to try and eat without them. As time passes, you might even become proficient at it. Although this approach may seem to be convenient, eating with missing teeth or dentures can be dangerous to your mouth area and the rest of the body. Before you or somebody has their next meal without teeth, consider these health risks that can occur as a result.
Issues with the gums and jaw
When you are trying to chew up meals without teeth, your gums and jaws must work a lot harder to make sure that food is chewed enough to consume, this takes a lot more effort.
The bite force of natural teeth is approximately 200-250 pounds of force, while the force of false teeth is about 50 pounds. Therefore, dentures do not have the power of original teeth, but this is unquestionably a case where something is better than nothing at all.
After some time, your teeth and gums will end up sore and irritated from having to work extra hard to prepare food to be swallowed, even softer foods that do not appear to require a lot of biting. This can lead to more serious problems like TMJ and infected gums.
The jawbone is also in a frequent state of flux and changes in response to pressure put on it from natural teeth or dentures. Without this pressure, the bone becomes weakened over time and is more prone to fracturing.
The possibilities are endless for quality recipes you can find for soft foods like smoothies and other recipes that boast claims that they are okay to eat without teeth. While this is a truthful statement, these diets are merely intended to be used for short intervals of time including the period between when natural teeth are removed and when dentures are completed and ready.
Digestion is not simple but a complex multiple organ process where all the parts must fall into place for it to work as planned. The whole process from the beginning, starts in the mouth, and tossing a bottleneck into the system by not properly processing food through chewing can potentially cause problems afterwards once the chewed food reaches the digestive tract.
Food that is not chewed up well from meals leaves pieces of food that are just too large to be properly reduced in size which leads to incomplete digestion. Once this occurs the nutrition from the food we eat does not get absorbed and leaves us with undigested food that then becomes food for bacteria in the digestive tract. The result of this is the possibility of microbe growth that can cause flatulence and other symptoms of indigestion.
The chewing process is a vital part of the body’s ability to absorb nutrition so by consuming a diet consisting of foods that have been refined enough to not need as much chewing is not a whole lot better since it removes much of the chewing process.
Saliva that gets swallowed through the chewing process aids in the relaxation of the pylorus a tiny muscle that is towards the lower part of the stomach. It relaxes just enough allowing food to move through into the small intestine and on trough your digestive tract. Chewing is a directly involved in the ability to move food through your digestive system, especially with moving food in your stomach into your small intestine.
Once chewing starts it alerts the gastrointestinal system making it aware that the process of digestion can start. Taste buds in the mouth start to stimulate, which allows the stomach to receive notification to start producing acid to help the digestion process once food enters. Taste buds communicate with the pancreas so that it can commence production of enzymes that will be passed into the small intestine to further aid digestion.
What can you do about missing teeth?
People eat without teeth for many reasons, one of the most common reasons is money. The take away here is that eating without teeth can cause problems not only for the short term but long-term problems can exist and these are serious issues that can be fixed by dentures.
The best solution for lacking teeth is to make a call and schedule an appointment and have your situation assessed. A plan can be tailored to your situation to get you back to a healthier mouth and reduce any further damage.
You shouldn’t have to worry about what you eat and replacing missing teeth with dentures will give you the ability to chew so that you do not have to be selective about the foods you eat.