To go for it or to not go for it- And that is the question! What say dentures?
If you’ve lost teeth or if you have difficulty with dentures then the idea of eating without them might seem appealing. However, this can cause serious issues to the mouth, jaw, gums, and intestines. If you haven’t got implants to replace lost teeth and if you’re shying away from using your dentures, here are some reasons to reconsider your decision.
Jaw and Gum Problems:
Dentures exert about 50 pounds of force, which is still a lot lesser than the 250 pounds of force exerted by teeth, whilst chewing. However, something is better than nothing, and the absence of even this small amount of force can cause a lot of problems.
When chewing without teeth or dentures, the gums and jaw have to exert great amounts of pressure and work extra hard to compensate this deprivation. Over time, this causes them to become sore and irritated leading to infected gums and serious issues like TMJ. When the gums become sore, it becomes hard to chew even soft foods.
The jawbone generally depends upon pressure placed on it by the existence of teeth. This can be compensated by pressure exerted by dentures or dental implants. Otherwise, the bone becomes week and easily prone to fractures.
Eating without teeth or dentures also causes digestive issues. When the food isn’t chewed, it isn’t broken down; this leads to incomplete digestion which can affect the entire system. Undigested food, supplements growth of bacteria and leads to further complications.
Following diets that require no chewing, isn’t any better. It’s important to remember that chewing is what releases nutrients for the body to absorb and lack of nutrients is what causes deficiencies. So, it’s absolutely vital to have some form of chewing mechanism to support food intake.
Chewing also facilitates movement of food through the digestive tract. It moves food from the stomach to the small intestine. Saliva produced during chewing helps relax stomach muscles that help transport the food to the small intestine, through the digestive tract. It also alerts the gastrointestinal system about the commencement of digestion after which the taste receptors of the mouth provide necessary acids and the pancreas produces enzymes, to help with the digestion process.
The force exerted to commence the chewing process controls the entire machinery of the digestive system. The absence of this process will cause problems that affect the entire machine.
There are a lot of claims made about smoothies, soups, and highly processed foods that are supposedly safe to consume without teeth or dentures. This kind of diet, however, is not meant to be a long-term supplement. Eating without teeth or dentures can cause short and long-term problems. Maintaining your ability to eat is of vital importance and is the main reason to ensure you’ve replaced any missing teeth with dental implants or dentures. Modern technology has made the process of getting dental implants and dentures fairly easy. Ensure that you do not resort to eating without teeth; the complications are many and serious.